It was reported last year that a television series based on the Friday the 13th franchise was in the works, though it seemed like one of those projects that likely was never going to actually happen. But the rumors were true, as Jason is indeed getting set to slash up the big screen. Read on for the latest.
Deadline reports tonight that The CW is actively developing a Friday the 13th drama series, the news confirmed today by network topper Mark Pedowitz. The series adaptation will be written by Steve Mitchell & Craig Van Sickle, creators of the 1996 NBC series The Pretender.
The hour-long dramatic series will be based upon the characters and settings of the franchise, with Sean S. Cunningham, who helmed the 1980 original, executive producing. The storyline, as rumored last year, re-imagines Jason Voorhees in multiple time periods.
Much like MTV’s Scream, the series will focus on the eclectic characters of Crystal Lake, who are forced to confront the return of the killer as new secrets about his wacky family are revealed. The horror icon is being re-imagined with a stronger feel of grounded reality.
Meanwhile, Paramount is currently developing a Friday the 13th feature film reboot, penned by Nick Antosca and directed by David Bruckner. It’s set to hit theaters on May 13th, 2016.