Written by John Squires
While things finally seem to be moving along with Paramount and Platinum Dunes’ latest Friday the 13th reboot, it doesn’t appear as if the same can be said for CW’s small screen Friday the 13th TV series. Tentatively titled Crystal Lake Chronicles, the project ran into a big ole speed bump earlier this year, and now, we’re sad to report, it’s totally dead in the water. Just like Jason!
Over on Twitter, reporter Linda Gee broke the news, which came out of a Television Critics Association press panel.
“Friday the 13th/Crystal Lake series is dead,” she tweeted.
Shortly thereafter, Entertainment Weekly provided more info.
“We had better pilots,” explained CW president Mark Pedowitz to the Television Critics Association’s press tour. “The bottom line is we felt we had stronger things to go with, and we didn’t go forward with it. It was well-written, it was darker than we wanted it to be, and we didn’t believe it had sustainability … We didn’t believe that it was a sustainable script, a sustainable series. It was a very good pilot, but not a sustainable series.”
Crystal Lake Chronicles would have brought Jason to the small screen for the first time, as well as explore other characters who call Crystal Lake home. At one point, it was described as “True Detective meets Twin Peaks,” centered on a detective’s search for his brother who went missing in the area.