It seems Jason Voorhees is making a comeback, not just in theaters with a new "Friday the 13th" reboot in the works, but now to the small screen with a new television adaptation.
Deadline.com announced on Thur., Apr. 24 that Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films, along with Crystal Lake Entertainment, have made a deal to bring a drama series to TV with settings and characters based on the long-running horror film franchise "Friday the 13th." Info on when and where the series will premiere in Riverside is still some time away, but the real question is; can Jason Voorhees and the stories of Camp Crystal Lake translate to basic cable?
The announcement states the series will draw from the previous films with Jason slashing his way through multiple eras. Jason hacking through hippies of the 1960's? Axing flappers in the back in a speakeasy? Perhaps a little more information on why Jason would be in these various time periods would have made the plot sound a bit more plausible. It's unclear whether there will be recurring characters to tie the episodes together or whether each will be a stand-alone story.
In addition, the series will reveal new secrets about the Voorhees' "wacky family." Wacky? Based on the story that started it all, there was only Jason and his mother, but it certainly stands to reason there's a father somewhere out there. Perhaps unknown half siblings? It could certainly be interesting to delve into the Voorhees' family history and see what crooked branches extend off that family tree, but the adjective "wacky" might not be the proper one to invoke terror from your viewer base. It more likely invokes music from "Benny Hill."
In an era of high-quality horror programming such as "The Walking Dead" and "American Horror Story," it is certainly feasible that a "Friday the 13th" series could bring enough slash and gore to satisfy fans of the films. With Sean S. Cunningham, who directed and co-wrote the original 1980 classic, on board as executive producer, perhaps the show will bring new life to the franchise.
Cunningham shared, “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."
Also in the plus column, at the helm of scripts are Jordu Schell, who has worked on creature effects for a number of fantastic horror flicks, including the awesome reboot of "Dawn of the Dead" and "The Mist," and Bill Basso, who worked on several projects as a special effects artist with Stan Winston Studios. Roy Knyrim, who also has an impressive number of horror projects under his belt, has been tapped for special effects.
There was a previous "Friday the 13th" series in the late 1980's; however, the only thing it had in common with the films was the title. The series focused on the owners of an antique store who tried to recover objects cursed by one supernatural thing or another. There was never a single reference to the films, and the show ended after three seasons. With that title already in the archives, one is left to wonder how they'll name a series about Jason and his yet-to-be introduced family members roaming through time.
If it was up to you, what would you title the new series? What are your thoughts on Jason Voorhees hacking his way through your television screens each week? Share your thoughts in the comments!