True to form, the invincible Jason Vorhees is back again! The hockey-masked killer is resurrecting on the scene to terrorize a new generation of slumber-partying teens in a re-imagined Friday the 13th series, but this time through the television screen. Randall Emmett, George Furla, Oasis Films, and Crystal Lake Entertainment are joining forces to produce the new edition to the franchise with the original director Sean S. Cunningham as executive producer. Atmosphere Entertainment MM’s Mark Canton, Diversion3 Entertainment’s Steve B. Harris, and Ted Fox will also contribute to the evolution.
The program is slated to be an hour-long drama series set at the infamous Crystal Lake. According to Deadline, a big part of the re-imagining is that this time around the story of the Vorhees family will be retold over multiple time periods, revealing layers of the clan’s disturbing history as the drama unfolds, slash by slash. Although the series has been described as taking place in several time periods, it has also been said the it will be a contemporary interpretation of the cast of characters. The Crystal Lake inhabitants, it has been said, will be forced to face the return of the invincible killer.
Cunningham has said that Jason’s character in the new iteration is “synonymous with the genre” and the plan is to build on his already existing legacy in a “provocative and compelling” way that expands the story that has captivated millions of viewers from every corner of the world.
Horror Inc. president Robert Barsamian, who will help co-produce with Cunningham, had the following to say: “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.”
The gory, nightmare-inducing flick originally debuted on the big screen in 1980, and throughout the next two decades it has been no small franchise. The slasher and his hatchet have continued to thrill and terrorize movie-going teens for over two decades. The first film was succeeded by nine sequels, not to mention Freddy vs. Jason in 2003. Another attempt to unearth Jason’s familial origins, seemingly similar to the new television series concept, was released in 2009, but ideas for the sequel were whisked off the drawing board to give more attention to the 2015 film, due out next March 13. In this big screen adaptation, Jason’s character will be reprised for the twelfth time in an upcoming reboot from Paramount. It is yet to be discovered whether the two projects’ narratives will either overlap, embellish, or compound one another.
Super-fans may also remember the syndicated television show Friday the 13th: The Series, which aired between 1987 and 1990, but this project was in no way connected to the hard-to-kill, long-running film franchise. The up and potentially coming Friday the 13th revival currently has no network assignment, so it is yet to be determined if the concept will ever see air time. However, thriller genre-oriented successes such as The Walking Dead and American Horror Story may help pave the way for Jason, his mask, and his throat-slicing hatchet.
By Stacy Feder