For those who can’t seem to get enough of Jason Voorhees and his killing sprees, they will now have their fix. The television show version of Friday the 13th is now officially in development.
Originally reported by Deadline, the new Friday the 13th will be an hour-long dramatic series based upon the characters and settings of the movies. The deal for the Friday the 13th television show was made between Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films and Crystal Lake Entertainment. Sean S. Cunningham, who was responsible for the original Friday the 13th back in 1980, will be executive producer along with EFO Films principals Randall Emmett and George Furla, Mark Canton of Atmosphere Entertainment MM, Steve B. Harris of Diversion3 Entertainment, and Ted Fox of Fox Entertainment. Horror Inc. president Robert Barsamian will also be producing Friday the 13th.
The original movie, Friday the 13th (which the show is based off of), was set at a summer camp, closed because of the drowning of an unattended child. Promiscuous counselors tried to re-open the place, but they are killed off one at a time. Jason actually took root as the indestructible villain in the second film, but he would wear his signature hockey mask in later films.
Friday the 13th television series is contemporary and will focus instead on the eclectic characters of Crystal Lake who eventually come face-to-face with Jason. Also, new secrets about Jason’s wacky family are also revealed. Cunningham actually had this to state about Jason in the upcoming series:
“Jason Voorhees is synonymous with the genre and we plan to build on this legacy with a provocative and compelling take that expands upon the storylines that have already thrilled millions worldwide.”
Barsamian then followed up with this statement:
“Expect the show to take viewers in some exciting new directions that we’re confident will not only excite existing fans of Friday The 13th but also attract new audiences to the situations and characters that inhabit the small town of Crystal Lake.”
As reported by IGN, it was last year that Cunningham revealed the potential series for Friday the 13th. However at the time, he felt it would end up becoming an internet project, somewhat similar to the original shows on Hulu or Mortal Kombat: Legacy.
Friday the 13th television show just started production so there are no concrete news on its official release. As a matter of fact, information about the cast, especially on who will play Jason Voorhees, hasn’t been released.