'Friday the 13th' Series to Bring Slasher to TV
Jason Voorhees will be brought to life again on a new TV show. Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films and Crystal Lake Entertainment are teaming up to produce an hour-long series based on the characters and settings of "Friday the 13th", Deadline reports.
Sean S. Cunningham, who directed the original 1980 film, will executive produce the dramatic series along with EFO Films principals Randall Emmett & George Furla, Mark Canton of Atmosphere Entertainment MM, Steve B. Harris of Diversion3 Entertainment, and Ted Fox of Fox Entertainment. Horror Inc. president Robert Barsamian, who produced the films in the slasher movie franchise, will also produce.
"Jason Voorhees is synonymous with the genre and we plan to build on this legacy with a provocative and compelling take that expands upon the storylines that have already thrilled millions worldwide," Cunningham says.
Barsamian adds, "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."
Bill Basso ("Terminator") and Jordu Schell ("Avatar") will provide the script whose storyline will show Jason in multiple time periods. Roy Knyrim ("Gods and Monsters") will be in charge of the special make-up effects.
There's no word on which network will air the new "Friday the 13th" series. Cast for the show has not been announced yet either.
The last "Friday the 13th" movie was released in 2009. Directed by Marcus Nispel, it topped box office in its first week. Back in 2013, it was reported that a sequel was under development at Paramount Pictures.
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