‘Friday the 13th’ Heads to Television in New One-Hour Series Reimagining

By April 24, 2014

Though there was at one time a TV series called “Friday the 13th,” it had absolutely nothing to do with the characters and settings of the popular slasher film franchise that featured the hockey mask-wearing killer Jason Voorhees. But a new TV project won’t make that same mistake again.

While the aforementioned TV series from the late ’80s featured Frank Mancuso, Jr. as a producer, the title was just a gimmick of his in order to get viewers interested. But Deadline reports that a new “Friday the 13th” series will indeed feature Jason Voorhees in a storyline that will reimagine the serial killer in multiple time periods – whatever that means.

Sean S. Cunningham (the director of the original 1980 film) will executive produce the series, which is based on the characters and settings of the horror film franchise that actually started off with Jason’s mother being the killer of a group of kids at Camp Crystal Lake as revenge for the neglectful drowning of her son at the camp years before. It wasn’t until Friday the 13th Part II that Jason actually took center stage as the killer, and since then he’s seen a bunch of sequels, a franchise reboot, and a gestating second reboot slated for release next year.

Jason Voorhees - Friday the 13th

The new TV project is said to be contemporary, so we’re not sure where the reimagining of Jason in multiple time periods comes from unless there’s time travel or dream worlds involved. Of course, that doesn’t sound entirely ridiculous since it will be Bill Basso (Terminator) and Jordu Schell (Avatar) scripting the series. To be fair, it’s not as if the series has stayed firmly grounded in reality with entries like Jason X going to space or Freddy vs. Jason, which pitted A Nightmare on Elm Street‘s dream killer Freddy Krueger against the machete-wielding killer.

Anyway, the story will focus on several characters in Crystal Lake who confront the killer as he returns to his old stomping grounds, revealing new secrets about his “wacky family.” While the use of the word “wacky” seems a little off here (unless Jason’s uncle is a ventriloquist), that certainly makes things interesting. Maybe we’ll be looking at a sort of Texas Chain Saw Massacre family situation here. This project sounds intriguing to say the least.

What do you think? Will you tune in to see Jason on a weekly basis?

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Ethan Anderton
Some of his favorite films include Ghostbusters, The Empire Strikes Back and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, while his favorite TV series include LOST, Mad Men, 30 Rock, Parks & Recreation, Arrested Development and Saturday Night Live.