Nevermind the long-in-the-works next installment of Friday the 13th—to be directed by VHS‘ David Bruckner—the CW also wants to jump into Crystal Lake with Jason Voorhees, as network head Mark Pedowitz confirmed today that a drama series based on the franchise is in the works. A bold move, that’s for sure.
The adaptation will start with writers Steve Mitchell & Craig Van Sickle, the guys behind 1996’s The Pretender, with original Friday the 13th helmer Sean S. Cunningham on board to executive produce—it’s always nice to see some original blood attached to something as iconic as this, giving the project some hope at the very least.
News of a CW Friday the 13th first surfaced sometime last year with a lot of raised eyebrows, but mostly because no one actually thought it was ever going to happen; and now it most certainly looks like one machete-wielding madman will be paying a visit to the network. Details on the series itself are still pretty slim but the idea had been to do a contemporary take that focuses on the characters of Crystal Lake. After secrets about Jason’s family are revealed, those unfortunate souls are forced to confront his return. Apparently, the masked Jason is being reimagined with a stronger feel of grounded reality, whatever that means.
I wouldn’t be surprised if this sort of disappears for a bit (like it did last year) while the CW irons out all the details, especially if they’re actively developing the project like Mr. Pedowitz says they are. I’ve never been a massive fan of the franchise (I love the character, though), so I’m slightly indifferent on the entire thing. I am curious to see how the CW, of all places, handles such an iconic character and one who’s known for leaving a trail of bloody intestines everywhere he goes. If—and this is a big if—they can pull some strings and deliver the kind of splattered gore that AMC’s The Walking Dead gets away with, then I think they have a chance… maybe.
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