Well, we’ve known for some time that we are eventually going to get both a new Friday the 13th film and a Friday the 13th television series (one with Jason this time). What we don’t know, however, is a whole lot about either one.
We did hear a few months ago that we might be looking at another 3D outing with the film, and word has been floating around for even longer that David Bruckner (V/H/S – Amateur Night) may be directing. That replaced previous rumors that the film would be of the found footage variety (unless they end up making it both).
The TV series will apparently involve Jason and Crystal Lake with flashbacks of Jason and Pamela, based on what Sean Cunningham said a while back.
When we’ll actually see either of these projects remains to be determined, but that brings us to the news.
Fridaythe13thFranchise.com, the site of record for all things Jason, is reporting on a rumor from a source it considers credible, that the movie will lead into the TV show. It’s unclear whether that means storyline wise or just timing wise (or both). It says:
Usually, our site tries to refrain from posting a lot of rumors, but we were informed by a pretty trustworthy source that when Sean Cunningham was asked at the convention about the status of the new show and film, he responded that the “film is in full pre-production to be released in theaters in 2015 and that the film will lead into the television show”! Of course, this put a smile on our collective faces, but it in no way is any kind of official confirmation the film and show are joined together as we were not able to ask the questions directly. If we tried to ask, Crystal Lake Entertainment would probably deny it’s truth anyways. It is possible that Sean Cunningham meant production of the film would lead into the production of the show?
The convention mentioned would be Rue Morgue’s Festival of Fear, by the way.
Obviously, take this with a grain of salt, but it’s been a while. We need some small nugget to cling to don’t we?
Fearnet posted an interview with Cunningham roughly a year ago (I’d link to that, but you know, Comcast took down the whole site). Interviewer Scott Neumyer suggested that the series “sounds like something tailor-made for someone like Netflix,” to which Cunningham said, “Yeah, it does.”
Obviously that doesn’t mean that will ultimately be the show’s destination, but Netflix did recently say it wants to add more original horror content, and it did recently announce that its only such show – Hemlock Grove – will be concluding with the next season.
Personally, I’m just happy that we are supposedly getting both another film and a TV show. I hope they’re not over-thinking either one. Fans (at least this one) don’t need any gimmicks or extensive plots. The formula is simple. Have Jason killing people (including characters we can laugh at) in a good-looking mask at Crystal Lake. Preferably it would look and feel like an 80s movie, but I realize that’s asking a lot. Oh yeah, and for the love of all that’s holy, GET HARRY MANFREDINI TO DO THE SCORE!
You can take a look back at our previous Friday coverage here for more of a timeline on all the hearsay.