A Friday the 13th TV series has been in development for a while, but it looked dead in the water (pun intended) when The CW passed on the project. But, much like Jason, it ain’t dead yet.
Franchise creator Sean S. Cunningham was a guest on the Shock Waves podcast and opened up about the stalled project, noting it’s “still percolating” in development — and that they’re actually pretty close to nailing down a pitch that can turn the slasher franchise into a TV series. He said they’re trying to balance what it’ll take to please fans and build a world that is both scary and populated with characters who aren’t just fodder. For a Friday the 13th show, that’s no small task.
Here’s an excerpt from his comments:
“You have to service the fans. You can’t ignore them. Friday the 13th, at least in part, is going to be about Jason. So, how do you make sense of all of the contradictory stories that are out there, between Jason going to space, or versus Freddy, and all these other things.
The assumption is this. Crystal Lake is a town that really exists, and a long time ago they had a series killer named Jason Voorhees, and then some Hollywood creep comes out and makes this exploitation horror movie called Friday the 13th. And then they make another one, and another one, and it just crushes the town.
The town becomes the place that ‘Jason built.’ And the stuff that happened, they know what really happened. The rest is Hollywood lore. There are people there that lived through it, and they’ll tell you what really happened. And so, what you can do is set up Crystal Lake as, more or less, like the town in JAWS, Amity Island. You have the town with all its prime movers in the town, but the town is located in an area that would allow Jason to exist in whatever form. But other things as well. I would describe it as a place where if The X-Files’ Mulder and Scully wandering into this county, they never would of left! There’s so much weird shit going on!”
Look, it might not have found a spot on the schedule this season, but it's a known brand — and you just know a network will take a hard look at it, again, at some point. Would you like to see the series finally make it to a network? Where would you like it to land?