Nearly two years ago, Sean Cunningham revealed that he was developing a new Friday the 13th television series, which was referred to as Crystal Lake Chronicles, and would feature Jason Voorhees, unlike the old Friday the 13th series.
Deadline is now reporting that The CW is developing a television series simply called Friday the 13th, with Cunningham serving as executive producer. It will be based on the long-running franchise that we all love, and will be written by Steve Mitchell & Craig Van Sickle, creators of the of the old NBC series The Pretender, who are reportedly working with CBS TV Studios.
From the report:
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. Cunningham recently hinted of interest from the CW, which has now taken in the property. Mitchell and Van Sickle executive produce with Cunningham, Emmett, Furla and Canton. Details on the remake are sketchy but the idea had been to do a contemporary series focusing on the eclectic characters of Crystal Lake who are forced to confront the return of the killer, as new secrets about his wacky family are revealed. The masked Jason is being reimagined with a stronger feel of grounded reality.
As you may know, there is also a new Friday the 13th film in the works with screenwriter Nick Antosca having recently indicated that he submitted his first draft to Paramount. David Bruckner is directing that, and the release is scheduled for next May.