The CW heads to Crystal Lake!
CW head Mark Pedowitz has confirmed that the CW is developing “Friday The 13th“, a drama series based on the long-running feature franchise. The series adaptation will be written by Steve Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle, creators of the 1996 NBC series “The Pretender”.
It has been reported that the series will reimagine the masked Jason Voorhees with a stronger feel of grounded reality. Described as a sophisticated, horror/crime thriller, the budding “Friday The 13th” series is about the ongoing quest of a detective’s search for his missing brother that is somehow linked to Voorhees, a long thought dead serial killer who has now returned to wreak chaos in the new Crystal Lake.
The series project originated lat 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 Cunningham, director of the original 1980 film, executive producing along with EFO Films principals Randall Emmett & George Furla and Mark Canton, among others. Bill Basso (of “Terminator” fame) and Jordu Schell (of “Avatar” fame) were tapped at the time to script a storyline that re-imagines Jason in multiple time periods.
Earlier this year, Cunningham hinted interest from the CW, which recently bought the project off-cycle with Mitchell and Van Sickle as writers. The duo executive produce with Cunningham, Emmett, Furla and Canton.
Since the franchise was launched with the 1980 “Friday The 13th”, there have been 12 movies, most recently “Friday The 13th” in 2009 directed by Marcus Nispel. However, a sequel to that is currently in the works and will hit cinemas in 2016.
In addition to “Friday The 13th”, the CW is also developing a series based on movies “The Notebook“, “Little Women” and “Frequency”.