Every single day, someone in Hollywood has an idea that has thousands of people crying, “WHY GOD, WHY?!?”. A good 75% of these often lamented decisions are ideas on how to give an old fan-favorite property a new twist or, really, how to milk that property for all that it’s worth. Well, horror fans, get ready to beat your chests in protests and curse any deity that may have allowed this idea to rear its ugly head, because Friday the 13th is coming to television.
The news come from Deadline but don’t blame them. According to CW bigwig Mark Pedowitz, CW is developing a television series that would resurrect the silent slasher once again. Deadline adds this bit of info:
[T]he series reimagines the masked Jason with a stronger feel of grounded reality. Described as a sophisticated, horror/crime thriller, the potential Friday The 13th series is about the ongoing quest of a detective’s search for his missing brother that is somehow tied to Jason Vorhees, a long thought dead serial killer who has now returned to wreak havoc in the new Crystal Lake.
This may be a bit smarter than going the Bates Motel route, which was rumored when the project was first mentioned last year, after Crystal Lake Entertainment struck a deal with Emmett/Furla/Oasis films to create an hour long series. Another rumor floating around at the time was that Bill Basso and Jordu Schell, both having some strong special effects and costuming skills, were tapped to write a storyline that would have Jason killing sex/drug crazed teens throughout history. Now, THAT had some real potential but the new storyline seems like a hundred other crime dramas out there, with Jason added for flavor. The Pretender creators Steve Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle are now writing the series, which Deadline also claims will explore the “eclectic characters of Crystal Lake” as well as reveal secrets about Jason’s “wacky” family.
While some had held out hope that the talk of the series would amount to nothing or, at most, a revival of the horror series of the same name that had nothing to do with Jason, Hollywood knows how to beat a dead horse and when it comes to horror icons, they are even willing to resurrect that horse several times just to make sure it’s dead. Still, somehow, this project may wind up being a stronger showing than the Nightmare on Elm Street reboot that is in the works. After all, Sean S. Cunningham, who has produced five Jason films, including the original, was tapped to produce the series and that man has some serious horror cred under his belt! Then again, for every treasure on his resume such as the original Last House On The Left, there seems to be a corresponding flop, such as House II. Let’s hope his influence adds something special to the series. In the meanwhile, take a look at the top 13 kills from the franchise, so that you remember exactly why you loved Jason to begin with.
Are you ready to head back to Crystal Lake or has that machete rusted? Can you pitch a worse idea centered around a horror icon?