It’s always been difficult to kill Jason Voorhees. In addition to the long-gestating but still definitely happening new film, that long-mooted Friday The 13th TV series is becoming a reality.
Deadline reports that The CW is actively developing a TV show based on Camp Crystal Lake’s most famous alumnus. It’s created by Steve Mitchell & Craig Van Sickle, who previously created the NBC series The Pretender. Sean S Cunningham, the man behind Jason, will executive produce.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, the pitch for the show is “grounded.” The site reports that the CW 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 Vorhees, a long thought dead serial killer who has now returned to wreak havoc in the new Crystal Lake.”
This pitch sounds more plausible, if slightly less interesting, than the original idea which would have followed Jason over different time periods.
The fact that the series has landed on The CW will make some fans a bit wary. In terms of horror, the closest they’ve got at the moment are Supernatural and iZombie. It’s hard to imagine the die hard fans of the movie franchise being satisfied with the amount of blood and guts allowed on that network, but with a new movie also on the way, maybe old and new fans will be satisfied. Chi chi chi ha ha ha…
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