New details emerge on The CW's Friday the 13th series: 'The real story of Jason'

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Aug 16, 2015, 7:52 PM EDT

The geek world seemed to be equal parts intrigued and confused when The CW confirmed it was developing a television show based on Friday the 13th. Now, we know how they plan to actually turn the slasher franchise into a weekly series.

Producer Long Mitchell chatted with Legion of Leia about how they’re reworking the concept of Jason Voorhees’ to build a workable mythology that can support an ongoing series. Basically, they’re playing it as if the slasher history is real, and inspired the Friday the 13th film franchise we all know and love. The series will be set in the city of Crystal Lake, and follow a cop who starts digging into the past murders in search of his missing brother.

It’s an interesting spin on the series, and if they can balance the mythology with the mindless horror action that made the films famous, it could work. Hey, MTV recently found decent success with a small-screen take on Scream, so why not give Camp Crystal Lake a shot?

Check out an excerpt from Mitchell’s comments below:

“I don’t think we really wanted to do a show about a guy with a machete chasing girls in tube tops. We couldn’t do that on a weekly basis… So what ends up happening is, a cop comes into town, looking for his brother. He realizes his brother was there searching into the past murders, and realizes that his personal story is tied into Jason’s personal story.

What we’re going to do is basically acknowledge that the people came to this town after these killings happened, and they made all these movies. And now the town has a stigma. Our show is, ‘Here’s the true story. Here’s the real story of Jason.’ It’s been taken and exploited. So we have the young crowd who doesn’t know who he is except for what they’ve seen in the movies. The older crowd is afraid of him. We have a lot of people who have scars from him. The underlying thematic of the whole thing is that Jason is a monster in this town. He openly wears a mask. But everybody in this town wears a mask. Underneath those is the monster.”

Hmm. Assuming they don’t take it all too seriously and choke on melodrama, this could actually be a fun series. What do you think? Can The CW actually pull off a scare-fest?

(Via Legion of Leia)