In the late 80’s there was a TV series by the name of Friday the 13th that pretty much had no connection with the popular horror film franchise. There was no Jason Voorhees, no Camp Crystal Lake; it was a show about a damn antiques dealer. Thankfully, Deadline have reported that the new series bearing the same name will stay true to the well-known franchise, uncovering more to the story of Jason Voorhees and re-working the terrifying tale as only a serialized TV show can.
The announcement follows the sort-of anticipated Friday the 13th film reboot, and has also brought news that Sean S. Cunningham, who helmed the 1980 original, has come on board as the series’ executive producer.
Bill Basso (Terminator) and Jordu Schell (Avatar) will be tasked with writing a script which re-works the character of Jason Voorhees into multiple time periods. This will be in addition to all the new characters surrounding the creepy Crystal Lake, who are said to be an eclectic bunch who will all have their own reactions to the killers return and become catalysts for more insights into Voorhees and his family.
Iconic horror figures such as Norman Bates, Hannibal Lector, and Ichabod Crane have recently seen revitalised interest thanks to their respective reworkings into TV series, and there should be no reason Jason Voorhees can’t join in the rejuvenation.
Either way, just be glad they aren’t bringing back anything to do with the horrid Jason X.
It is yet to be announced when Friday the 13th will be officially begin production, but it has been reported that the film will hit cinemas in 2015.