Friday The 13th Television Show Officially Heading To The CW Network!

It looks like the Friday The 13th television show is getting closer to becoming reality. It was just announced that the CW network has optioned the show for a new series! This has been in the works for a few months and we reported that Sean Cunningham had mentioned back in March that there was interest from the CW. This is exciting news and we are all ready to go back to Crystal Lake.

CW network head Mark Pedowitz confirmed to Deadline that the network is developing Friday The 13th for television, which will be a drama series based on the long-running feature franchise. The series adaptation was created by Dan Farrands and will be written by Steve Mitchell & Craig Van Sickle, who were the creators of the 1996 NBC series The Pretender.

From Deadline
I hear that in 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 Friday The 13th series project originated last year when Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films and Crystal Lake Entertainment sealed a deal to produce a new hourlong dramatic series based upon the characters and settings of the franchise, with Sean S. Cunningham, who helmed the 1980 original, executive producing along with EFO Films principals Randall Emmett & George Furla and Mark Canton, among others. Bill Basso (Terminator) and Jordu Schell (Avatar) were tapped at the time to script a storyline that re-imagines Jason in multiple time periods.

More Details Emerge
Writer Jenna Busch caught up with new series writer Steve Mitchell over at Legion Of Leia and he dished out a lot of new details about the plot of the show and what fans can expect.

He described the feel of the show as a “cross between the first season of True Detective and Twin Peaks on acid.” “Well, here’s what's  interesting. We wanted to kind of reinvent it a little bit. Crystal Lake is not just Crystal Lake anymore. Just this place out in the woods. It’s this thriving town, sort of like Silicon Valley. There are these rich people, a lot of young rich people with a lot of money and a lot of time, neither one well spent, and there’s the old people who grew up in this town. It’s like the town from Jaws. It’s like Amityville 20 years later, and someone says, ‘I think the shark is back.’ Everyone is like, ‘Oh, shit. We can’t have the shark back!’ we finally grown up as a town and we have all this mythology, but it ruined our city.’

“So what ends up happening is, a cop comes into town, looking for his brother. He realizes his brother was there searching into the past murders, and realizes that his personal story is tied into Jason’s personal story. Part of the fun of the show is exploring, is this Jason or is this a copycat? Is it possible that Jason has been around all these years? Is Jason a monster? Is he real? Is he a serial killer? And really exploring who and what Jason is, is part of the whole thrill of the show."

“What we’re going to do is basically acknowledge that the people came to this town after these killings happened, and they made all these movies. And now the town has a stigma. Our show is, here’s the true story. Here’s the real story of Jason. It’s been taken and exploited. So we have the young crowd who doesn’t know who he is except for what they’ve seen in the movies. The older crowd is afraid of him. We have a lot of people who have scars from him. The underlying thematic of the whole thing is that Jason is a monster in this town. He openly wears a mask. But everybody in this town wears a mask. Underneath those is the monster.”

What do you all think? I am excited and can't wait for everyone to find out more as there are some great surprises in store for the fans.
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