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Friday the 13th Series Comes to The CW

By Steve Barton

In news that’s gonna either make you smile or have you unjustly rolling your eyes and prejudging from the get-go (this is the Interwebs after all), word has just broken via Deadline that The CW is heading to Crystal Lake.

The network’s president Mark Pedowitz today confirmed that The CW is developing “Friday the 13th,” a drama series based on the long-running feature franchise. The series adaptation will be written by Steve Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle, creators of the 1996 NBC series “The Pretender,” through CBS TV Studios.

They are new in development,” Pedowitz said. The “Friday the 13th” series project originated last year when Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films and Crystal Lake Entertainment sealed a deal to produce a new hourlong dramatic series based upon the characters and settings of the franchise with Sean S. Cunningham, who helmed the 1980 original, executive producing along with EFO Films principals Randall Emmett and George Furla plus Mark Canton, among others.

Bill Basso (Terminator) and Jordu Schell (Avatar) were tapped at the time to script a storyline that re-imagines Jason in multiple time periods. Cunningham recently hinted at interest from The CW, which has now taken in the property. Mitchell and Van Sickle executive produce with Cunningham, Emmett, Furla, and Canton.

Details on the remake are sketchy, but the idea had been to do a contemporary series focusing 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 masked Jason is being re-imagined with a stronger feel of grounded reality. Since the franchise was launched with 1980’s Friday the 13th, there have been 13 movies, most recently the Friday the 13th remake in 2009 directed by Marcus Nispel.

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