Sequels/reboots/remakes/rehashes/reimaginings bring in money, and television is bringing more money than ever before. So, why not tackle both? We recently reported that a feature film reboot of Friday the 13th had locked in its director, but it appears that the horror franchise will be slicing and dicing its way onto our small screens as well. Deadline is reporting that Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films and Crystal Lake Entertainment have signed contracts to develop an hour-long dramatic series based upon the characters and settings of Friday The 13th.
The series, to be penned by Bill Basso (Terminator) and Jordu Schell (Avatar), is to have “a storyline that re-imagines Jason in multiple time periods…the series is contemporary, focusing on the eclectic characters of Crystal Lake who are forced to confront the return of the killer, as new secrets about his wacky family are revealed.”
It’s certainly an ambitious undertaking to turn the franchise into a long-running format, but will audiences be attracted to an episodic structure based off a well-established film series? Here’s what producer Robert Barsamian, the Horror Inc. President who also produced the features, had to say: “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.”
Sean S. Cunningham, the director of the 1980 original, is to executive produce the project alongside EFO Films’ Randall Emmett & George Furla, Mark Canton of Atmosphere Entertainment MM, Steve B. Harris of Diversion3 Entertainment, and Ted Fox of Fox Entertainment.