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'Friday the 13th' television series in development

Horror films have been around for decades, and Hollywood is making a fortune to remake them and bring the characters to a new audience. On April 24 Deadline broke the news that the popular slasher film "Friday the 13th" is being turned into a television drama that will focus on the life of the killer Jason Vorhees. The story follows Vorhees as he wears a hockey mask and kills teenagers with a machete at Camp Crystal Lake.

Jason Vorhees
Photo by Lawrence Lucier

The hour long series will show Vorhees in a variety of different time periods and will follow the characters from the original film. Each episode will explore the town of Crystal Lake and re-imagine the daily life of Vorhees. The series is similar to the popular series "Bates Motel," which is a modern day retelling of the horror classic "Psycho."

On April 24 posted that the new series will be released with the upcoming thirteenth film in the franchise. The new film is expected to be released in March 2015 so the television series could go into production early next year. Sean S. Cunningham directed the original 1980 film and will serve as an executive producer on the new series. Jordu Schell and Bill Basso have signed on to write the scripts and Roy Knyrim will provide the special makeup effects.

The original story follows the closing of Camp Crystal Lake after an unsupervised child drowns. Years later, a group of promiscuous teenager counselors try to open the camp up again, only to begin dying during the renovations. The killer turns out to be Mrs. Vorhees who is seeking revenge for Jason. In the later films, Jason wears his signature hockey mask and becomes the killer.

Crystal Lake Productions and Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films will produce the project, which has not been ordered to series. Executive producers on the series Fox Entertainment's Ted Fox and Robert Barsamian, President of Horror Inc. The new series will expand the audience of an already iconic character, and add more stories to continue the story to a new franchise.

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