Late last year original Friday the 13th director Sean Cunningham teased a potential spinoff TV series based on the franchise, though if we’re being honest, we never quite expected anything to come of it…
Well, I’m incredibly happy to report that we were wrong because our hockey mask-wearing pal is indeed set to stalk ‘n slash on the small screen. Read on!
Sean S. Cunningham, who helmed the 1980 original, will be executive producer along with EFO Films principals Randall Emmett & George Furla, Dan Farrands, Mark Canton of Atmosphere Entertainment MM, Steve B. Harris of Diversion3 Entertainment, and Ted Fox of Fox Entertainment. Also producing is Horror Inc. president Robert Barsamian, who produced the features. The series was conceived by Daniel Farrands & Geoff Garrett.
Bill Basso (Terminator) and Jordu Schell (Avatar) have been set to script “a storyline that re-imagines Jason in multiple time periods.”
The original 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 began dying. Jason actually took root as the indestructible villain in the second film, with his signature hockey goalie mask debuting in the third. “The series is contemporary, 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.”
Roy Knyrim (Gods and Monsters) of SOTA FX will coordinate the special make-up effects for the 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,” explained Cunningham. Said Barsamian: “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.”
Though a series bearing the “Friday the 13th” title aired between 1987 and 1990, Jason was not actually in any of the episodes so this will mark the big guy’s small screen debut. Exciting? You bet your machete-loving ass it is!
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