On May 9, 1980, we were introduced to the legend of Pamela and Jason Voorhees. Those names would strike fear in our hearts for decades thanks to the long-running and often rebooted Friday the 13th franchise. The original film was directed by Sean S. Cunningham and famously starred a young Kevin Bacon.
These days, producers are ready to move the Voorhees' story to the small screen. Cunningham has signed on to executive-produce an hourlong series based on the films (and having nothing to do with the last Friday the 13th TV show). Bill Basso (Terminator) and Jordu Schell (Avatar) have also been tapped to write the script, which will show Jason in a whole new light.
The serial killer will be re-imagined in multiple time periods, slicing his way through victims. Other than that, not much is known about the show's premise. But we do know how they'll re-create the character. Roy Knyrim of SOTA FX will be in charge of making Jason's various looks.
“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,” explained Cunningham. Horror Inc. president Robert Barsamian said: “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.”
In the first film, Pamela Voorhies was the killer picking off the counselors at Camp Crystal Lake. She was driven to madness after her son Jason drowned while on their watch. Later on, Jason himself would become the killer of choice for the franchise.
Will you tune in for more Jason Voorhees?