Earlier this year it was reported that The CW was interested in picking up a Friday the 13th TV series. Well, now it’s official. Mark Pedowitz, president of the network, recently confirmed that they were developing the drama series, which is based on the classic horror film franchise.
According to Deadline, the series adaptation will be written by Steve Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle, who are the creators of the 1996 NBC series The Pretender, a show I never watched.
The report says that the series “reimagines the masked Jason with a stronger feel of grounded reality. Described as a sophisticated, horror/crime thriller, the potential Friday The 13th series is about the ongoing quest of a detective’s search for his missing brother that is somehow tied to Jason Voorhees, a long thought dead serial killer who has now returned to wreak havoc in the new Crystal Lake.” The storyline will also re-imagine Jason in multiple time periods. The series was previously described as follows:
“The basic premise focuses on the REAL city of Crystal Lake, and the effect that the serialized films had on its real life counterpart. This allows them to reimagine Jason in a more grounded reality, as the films would be based off the real life killings that took place at the Camp. (ie, both the Hockey Masked Jason and a more serious backwoods inspired killer will be making appearances throughout)”
The hourlong dramatic series is being produced by Sean S. Cunningham, who helmed the original 1980 film. So that’s a plus! I’m seriously not sure what to expect from this. The CW has a history of developing both terrible and awesome shows. So this Friday the 13th show could either be great, or it could end up being a complete dud.