Now that the Friday the 13th reboot is moving forward at Platinum Dunes, with David Bruckner in talks to direct, a new TV series is also in development through Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films and Crystal Lake Entertainment.
Special effects gurus Bill Basso (Terminator 2: Judgment Day) and Jordu Schell (Avatar) have signed on to write the script, which re-imagines the iconic Jason Voorhees throughout multiple time periods. The project will be based on the settings and characters in the original 1980 classic Friday The 13th, which was directed by Sean S. Cunningham.
The original was set at Camp Crystal Lake, which had been closed for years following the drowning of an unattended child. After a group of counselors try to re-open the camp, they get picked off one by one. Jason Voorhees emerged as the villain in Friday the 13th Part 2, and his iconic hockey mask first surfaced in Friday the 13th Part III. The series will be set in modern day, with a number of colorful characters from Crystal Lake who must confront this killer's return, as secrets about his family are revealed.
Here's what Sean S. Cunningham, who will serve as an executive producer alongside Robert Barsamian, had to say about 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."
Robert Barsamian also released his own statement.
"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."
Emmet/Furla/Oasis' Randall Emmett and George Furla are executive producing alongside Atmosphere Entertainment's Mark Canton, Diversion3 Entertainment's Steve B. Harris and Fox Entertainment's Ted Fox. No production schedule has been given. The horror franchise previously launched a Friday the 13th TV series, which ran for three seasons between 1987 and 1990.