One of the longest-running horror franchises in recent history, “Friday the 13th,” is looking to extend its life even further with a TV series project.
Crystal Lake Entertainment, a company headed by original “Friday the 13th” director Sean S. Cunningham, and Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films (“Lone Survivor”) are developing a drama series based on the movie franchise. Deadline reports it will be set in the town of Crystal Lake — site of Jason Voorhees’ initial killing spree — and center on residents there who are “forced to confront the return of the killer.”
The history of the Voorhees family will also be explored. After all, it was Jason’s mom who did all the killing in the first “Friday the 13th,” having snapped over the death of her son at the summer camp years before.
The new project has no connection to “Friday the 13th: The Series,” a syndicated show that ran for three years in the late 1980s. That show in turn had no on-screen connection to the movies beyond the title.
Special-effects veterans Bill Basso and Jordu Schell will write a pilot script, with Cunningham serving as one of several executive producers. The project doesn’t have a distributor lined up yet.