Friday the 13th: Slasher Horror Classic in Development as Hour-long TV Drama

Friday The 13thJason Voorhees is packing up his machete and heading to television.

An hour-long drama based on the iconic horror franchise Friday the 13th is currently in development, our sister site Deadline reports.

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Though the new series will be set in present-day Crystal Lake — the setting of the original 1980 film — Bill Basso (Terminator) and Jordu Schell (Avatar) are crafting a storyline that will show Jason in several different time periods.

“Expect the show to take viewers in some exciting new directions that we’re confident will not only excite existing fans of Friday the 13th, but also attract new audiences to the situations and characters that inhabit the small town of Crystal Lake,” says Horror Inc. president Robert Barsamian, who will also produce.

The series, which is not yet attached to a network, will be produced by Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films and Crystal Lake Entertainment. Sean S. Cunningham, who produced the original film, will executive-produce.

How does the idea of a Friday the 13th series grab you? Drop a comment with your thoughts below.

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  1. SUSO says:

    It’ll never work. In film Jason inherently works because we invest in the killings and slaughter beyond character, but in TV character is king and there’s no point in investing in characters we know will die. And the idea of developing Jason as a character, if that is what they plan, is laughable since his appeal is as an indestructible behemoth.

    • Nate says:

      There goes a negative Nancy who thinks they can see the future saying it’ll never work

    • Jacob says:

      But isn’t this what the audience does for The Walking Dead? Basically every character on that show is dispensable, as they have proven several times over.

      • SUSO says:

        To disagree, though the title may be “The Walking Dead”, 95 percent of the articles are about the survivors and the zombies serve as a metaphor. In nine of the eleven films, Jason is the sole star, and if you build a show around the survivors and not Jason, then it might be better TV but you would upset horror fans. It’s a Catch 22

    • dys says:

      It wasn’t a hit, but those who watched Harper’s Island, knowing that most of the cast would die, were able to become invested. The same could happen with the Scream tv series that is coming soon. Depending on the (probably somewhat low) standards the network that airs this show ends up having, there is potentially a decent audience for a show like this.

    • archer says:

      we watch Friday the 13ths for Jason and how he is going to kill the next victim, as we did with norman bates ,,, so why is bates motel doing well and your tiny little brain cant give Friday the chance … think out side the box and may you might get some box… loser

    • James says:

      Hannibal is doing wonderful as a tv show. How about we see a pilot before we start trashing something with potential.

  2. mike says:

    I don’t know how would work?

  3. Winston says:

    It could work. Utilizing flashbacks A la “ARROW” to tell multiple stories at once across the time periods(Such as origin retelling) and following a weekly model like that of AHS or Harper’s island but with suspense as to who will live. So a group of campers introduced in the pilot and they flesh the characters out across the season(Backstories, romance, scares and whatnot) to give you characters to root for, offing them as time goes on.

    • SUSO says:

      This seems incredibly different than AHS and Harper’s Island was a major bomb for the network.

      • Winston says:

        When I say like AHS I mean one contained story per season, so one group of campers for that season. The next season could just be about some camera crew on the hunt for proof of the mysterious Crystal lake killer…and so on and so on.
        Harper’s Island was on broadcast a few years ago. Times have changed, if this were on cable, it could be gritter and bloodier, and wouldn’t need to carry a large audience, also Friday the 13 is a franchise, meaning it will have built in buzz and interest unlike Harper’s island.

      • lechatnoir says:

        harper’s Island was no bomb though. It was meant to end after season 1

        • SUSO says:

          Thanks for clarifying, that doesn’t sound horrible.

          But noir, Harper’s Island was the definition of a bomb. Horrible critical notices and terrible ratings. Ratings were so bad they ended it with a Saturday burnoff, I believe. You can’t rewrite history, sorry.

          Also, it was horrible.

  4. Will says:

    Hey Andy, Jason did not use a chainsaw. He used a machete most times. Leatherface used the chainsaw. Shesh. Get it right next time.

    • Andy Swift says:

      Your cries have been heard. Machete it is!

    • DoctorWhoFanatic says:

      To be fair, at one point he also used a weed whacker that had been modified to have a much longer range and to hold a circular saw blade instead of the typical plastic string stuff…

      So I think you’ll just have to cope with the chainsaw referense. It’ll be okay. :P

  5. qj201 says:

    Remember the old “Friday the 13th” series. It was like Warehouse 13, except set in an antique store that collected “possessed” objects. Wait is that a lawsuit I hear?

  6. Nkg says:

    Sounds like trying to copy sleepy hollow to me

  7. We’ll finally find out what happened to Mickey, Ryan, and Jack? Oops, wrong Friday The 13th.

  8. Dave says:

    I love Friday The 13th but if this series is going to happen it will need all of the series’ trademarks added in with the new storylines. Hopefully a cable network too, it’s nicknamed Camp Blood for a reason!

  9. Et al. says:

    My initial reaction was ‘this will never work’ but I thought that about Bates Motel too and it turned out to be one of the best dramas on television. Still, I don’t see how the slasher genre lends itself to this format. Guess we’ll find out.

  10. Arie says:

    Would love to see this on A&E or AMC.

  11. I Heart Damon Salvatore says:

    Sounds like it was inspired by MTV’s serializing of Scream. I think this is going to be absolutely awful and, as a horror geek, am unbelievably excited at the same time.

  12. dft says:

    flashbacks to jason’s pre-murderous life could be interesting… and bates motel is definitely the template they should follow or look to… and i’m sure that’s part of what inspired this. i’m sure they will toned down the body count so you can keep some characters around. if the focus is a little more on the town and people who come in and out of it, i can see it working… i’m cautiously optimistic!

  13. frustratedwithbadtvshows says:

    OMG! I loved the Friday the 13 movies but I won’t watch the show!

  14. xwiseguyx says:

    The old Friday The 13th series was very well done – although it got old after a few seasons with the same old story lines … but I don’t get how this will be interesting.. seeing Jason week after week knowing he can’t die because he’s the star doesn’t really sound very intriguing.. unless they kill him off every week – like Kenny.

  15. Cory says:

    Why can’t they just remake Friday the 13th: The Series? Which of course had nothing to do with the film series or Jason but much better story.

  16. Patty O Furniture says:

    This will probably be on Syfy network home of Sharknado

  17. Scott says:

    Maybe NBC Universal could put this on the desolate wasteland known as Chiller network. And start trying to build that up that channel’s original programming.

  18. DavidSask says:

    Why must every movie franchise be televised and rebooted?, This being a current trend with creature horror esp.this one shouldn’t work!

  19. Hello Yellow says:

    Im curious to see how they will make it work! I love all things horror and scary but what made the Jason movies get old real quick was the fact that you had no feelings towards the people he was killing because they were all a bunch of red shirts so for the tv show to work the audience would have to be invested in the characters or else it just becomes mindless killings! If its done right then this could be really something like if the people Jason were stalking and killing were evil or somehow did something to him in his past maybe? We shall see!

  20. AnnieM says:

    I’m sorry, but a show about Jason Voorhees sounds completely ridiculous. I mean, he’s a huge, silent, indestructible lump of flesh who shambles around killing people in horribly violent ways. Not too much entertainment there. Now, I can see a film or something explaining all the backstory (don’t know if that’s been done yet, I only saw the first 2 movies) that leads up to the events in the original film – but an entire series seems like too much of a stretch.

  21. lululime says:

    I’d like to see an “event” miniseries for Nightmare on Elm Street I think it would work well as a condensed 13-episode one-off.

  22. rob says:

    In the last reboot of Friday the 13th Jason Voorhees was portrayed as being very intelligent not a undead killing machine . I thought it was a lot better than Texas Chainsaw Massacre or Nightmare on Elm Street reboots