Update 4/24/14: We now have confirmation that a Friday the 13th TV show is indeed in the works. Original director Sean Cunningham will be on board as an executive producer for the series, which will reimagine the Voorhees family in different time periods.
Before you start picturing a time-traveling Jason though, it sounds like the show will follow Jason as a kid when he was at Camp Crystal Lake and then the citizens of the town when he returns years later. Focusing on the community that has to deal with the (decades later) aftermath of a slasher could actually be a pretty promising format. At least it keeps them from having to find a new victim every week if the entire town is the victim (kind of like how A&E's Bates Motel approaches the Psycho story).
Our previous report had Cunningham calling the show Crystal Lake Chronicles, and while the new report doesn't confirm what the show will be called, we have to assume it won't be simply Friday the 13th. After all, Paramount is still planning to make a new Friday the 13th movie for release next year, so it'll be strange if the show (which has no relation to the new movie, aside from Jason, obviously) is allowed to keep the name.
Previously 9/13/2013: Reel TV: 'Friday the 13th' May Head to the Small Screen with a 'Smallville'-esque Show
Quick, look at your calendar and rejoice. Friday the 13th is the calendar equivalent of a drinking game, only whenever one happens, instead of using it as an excuse to take a drink, you just watch horror movies instead. Today is a particularly special Friday the 13th because it's also the first time all 12 movies featuring Jason Voorhees are together in one Blu-ray box set. That gave FEARnet the chance to talk to Friday the 13th creator Sean Cunningham about the spiffy new release, and in the process he spilled some interesting details about the series' future.
Cunningham suspects the next Friday the 13th will start filming in the spring of 2014 for an early 2015 release, but the real news that has us excited is talk of a Friday the 13th spin-off show called Crystal Lake Chronicles.
Is that going to carry on some of the characters and cast from the reboot or is this going to be a completely new story?
That’s not likely, but it’s hard to know. It won’t be a continuation of that story, though. It’ll be a fresh story.
I think there will also be Friday the 13th: Crystal Lake Chronicles, which is sort of a Smallville. We’ve been on-again, off-again with that for years and there are a bunch of great stories to be told, but I think the way that it’s finally going to get delivered is not through a conventional television network, but through the Internet. I can’t tell you who the delivery people will be, but it won’t be the traditional route. There’s also the possibility of webisodes, and I think we even have an idea for a terrific Friday the 13th video game.
There’s a bunch of stuff out there. And, of course, a gift shop. What says Happy Birthday better than a machete and a hockey mask? [Laughs]
Crystal Lake Chronicles sounds like something tailor-made for someone like Netflix.
Yeah, it does. It’s also more than just me saying, “You know, Friday the 13th would be a great series!” We’ve got a couple of really good writers that have been working and writing. It can’t be just Jason killing someone new every week. That’s not going to make it. [Laughs]
Now, that actually sounds very fun to us. If you never watched it, Smallville was actually a pretty inspired piece of television that took the world of Superman and mashed it together with small-town life and a sort of monster-of-the-week mentality, and the result was actually a fun, creative, enjoyable chunk of television. If Cunningham were to do something similar with Friday the 13th, and focus on the town just outside of Crystal Lake and the strange events that happen in and around it - not too unlike Friday the 13th: The Series, but less of an anthology and more plot driven - we would absolutely be up for that.
Better yet, if a show like that did end up on Netflix, we could expect it to still have all of the sex and tension and gore that fans love. At the very least, it couldn't possibly be worse than Hemlock Grove.
Read the rest of Scott Neumyer's interview with Sean Cunningham over at FEARnet.
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