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Friday the 13th to become a TV series and explore Jason's family history

04.24.2014

As the potential found footage reboot of FRIDAY THE 13TH eyes a director, the iconic Jason Voorhees franchise may be headed to the small screen as well. Sean Cunningham, director of the original FRIDAY THE 13TH, is producing the series along with Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films and Fox Entertainment. But, when you ask how the show will tackle the Jason story, expect something new.

The series is contemporary, 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 series is being written by VFX artist Bill Basso (TERMINATOR 2: JUDGEMENT DAY) and conceptual artist Jordu Schell (AVATAR) and will imagine the Voorhees family through multiple generations, revealing that the evil did not start with that fateful summer at Camp Crystal Lake. How this will work remains to be seen but will probably add some supernatural explanation for why Jason is so unstoppable.

Cunningham added the following:

“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.

There was another FRIDAY THE 13TH television series in the 1980s that did not feature Jason at all but instead tackled themes surrounding the unlucky date on the calendar. With a huge influx of horror on television in recent years, making a TV show versus another cliche big screen adventure may allow for some more creative freedom with the character, but I am not sure if it can be sustained for multiple seasons. You have to admit it may be an intriguing show to watch.

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Source: Deadline

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8:21AM on 04/25/2014
Used to watch the old Friday the 13th series - it was acceptable for the sort of crap I used to watch around 3am in my student days. Nothing to do with the films at all, but the cursed antiques plot was fun enough. I'm sure it's terrible to watch now.
I'm not sure how you could make a decent series that was actually based around Jason Voorhees - his childhood was brief and miserable after which he was an invincible psychopath - kudos for turning his life around, but it doesn't lend itself to
Used to watch the old Friday the 13th series - it was acceptable for the sort of crap I used to watch around 3am in my student days. Nothing to do with the films at all, but the cursed antiques plot was fun enough. I'm sure it's terrible to watch now.
I'm not sure how you could make a decent series that was actually based around Jason Voorhees - his childhood was brief and miserable after which he was an invincible psychopath - kudos for turning his life around, but it doesn't lend itself to much of a weekly episode narrative.
I ended up enjoying Bates Motel more than I thought I would, but then I stuck with Under The Dome too, to see how terrible it would get, so what do I know?
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8:41PM on 04/24/2014
Why don't they wait and see what happen to the new Rosemary's Baby mini-series event?
Why don't they wait and see what happen to the new Rosemary's Baby mini-series event?
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6:57PM on 04/24/2014

Isn't Bates Motel a big enough lesson?

Have we not realised from shows such as Bates Motel that TV will chew up a great horror movie's history and spit it out into whatever crap can get ratings? This F13th show (the second time round) will be utter shit. I think I prefer the unrelated antique concept which was totally crap.

Just make a new F13 movie that's good. No reboots, no bullshit. Just a sequel with creative kills. There's a fundamental formula most of us want to see. It shouldn't be that hard.

Sigh... I can already
Have we not realised from shows such as Bates Motel that TV will chew up a great horror movie's history and spit it out into whatever crap can get ratings? This F13th show (the second time round) will be utter shit. I think I prefer the unrelated antique concept which was totally crap.

Just make a new F13 movie that's good. No reboots, no bullshit. Just a sequel with creative kills. There's a fundamental formula most of us want to see. It shouldn't be that hard.

Sigh... I can already see the iPhone advertising and the total ignorance of the movies' historical timeline, just like BM.
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7:00PM on 04/24/2014
For us, the fans it's easy to create a new F13th recipe. For Hollywood it's.... milking the Jason cow.
For us, the fans it's easy to create a new F13th recipe. For Hollywood it's.... milking the Jason cow.
11:54AM on 04/25/2014
Stop acting like these properties are sacred. I know Friday The 13th is considered classic but honestly, they're all terrible
Stop acting like these properties are sacred. I know Friday The 13th is considered classic but honestly, they're all terrible
3:20PM on 04/25/2014
So , Psycho if you are not a fan why do you even care?
So , Psycho if you are not a fan why do you even care?
6:43PM on 04/24/2014

So basically like Bates Motel....

but terrible.
but terrible.
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11:55AM on 04/25/2014
It's a terrible show? Funny. I thought they just announced it.
It's a terrible show? Funny. I thought they just announced it.
5:38PM on 04/24/2014
So after 6 long seasons the final shot will be him putting on the mask.
So after 6 long seasons the final shot will be him putting on the mask.
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5:33PM on 04/24/2014
I love the idea that Hollywood is literally going backwards
I love the idea that Hollywood is literally going backwards
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5:27PM on 04/24/2014

All that matters is which Network picks it up

It it's HBO or another paid cable station, I'm already onboard. If it's AMC I'll seriously consider it. If it's FX it's up in the air. If it's SyFy or one of the alphabet networks it'll be shit.
It it's HBO or another paid cable station, I'm already onboard. If it's AMC I'll seriously consider it. If it's FX it's up in the air. If it's SyFy or one of the alphabet networks it'll be shit.
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4:48PM on 04/24/2014
It will be better than the original canadian tv series, which focused on I shit you not an antique store.
It will be better than the original canadian tv series, which focused on I shit you not an antique store.
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4:23PM on 04/24/2014
Teenagers drink alcohol, do drugs and have sex.

Then Jason kills them

Don't try to be clever with a traditional formula we all know
Teenagers drink alcohol, do drugs and have sex.

Then Jason kills them

Don't try to be clever with a traditional formula we all know
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4:10PM on 04/24/2014
Join Jason's wacky, wild family as they slice, dice and roll around in that bloody, warm ooey gooey goodness! Next week on...The Crazy Bunch.
Join Jason's wacky, wild family as they slice, dice and roll around in that bloody, warm ooey gooey goodness! Next week on...The Crazy Bunch.
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3:55PM on 04/24/2014
Friday The 13th franchise - R.I.P !
Friday The 13th franchise - R.I.P !
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3:50PM on 04/24/2014
hell i dont know just make a new movie that does not blow
hell i dont know just make a new movie that does not blow
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3:34PM on 04/24/2014
Always thought you could combine Halloween 1 and 2 into a miniseries and spend some time building the characters a little bit more.
Always thought you could combine Halloween 1 and 2 into a miniseries and spend some time building the characters a little bit more.
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3:33PM on 04/24/2014
Theyre overthinking the simplest of concepts. You know what the best Jason movies are? The ones where he just offs a bunch of kids in cool creative ways (namely 3,4, 6, and the remake; with 7 & 8 actually not being that bad). They started getting dumb and unwatchable when they tried to do different concepts with Jason. Having Tommy be the killer, fighting ESP, putting him in Times Square, his spirit jumping from body to body, putting him in space - all these are just stupid and took away from
Theyre overthinking the simplest of concepts. You know what the best Jason movies are? The ones where he just offs a bunch of kids in cool creative ways (namely 3,4, 6, and the remake; with 7 & 8 actually not being that bad). They started getting dumb and unwatchable when they tried to do different concepts with Jason. Having Tommy be the killer, fighting ESP, putting him in Times Square, his spirit jumping from body to body, putting him in space - all these are just stupid and took away from what made F13 movies so good for viewers - simple story and concept with just awesome kills scenes. The closest thing we have to that nowadays is Final Destinations - and people love those.
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3:31PM on 04/24/2014
Uh we already have a tv show called friday the 13th and it was totally the best television show for the series.
Uh we already have a tv show called friday the 13th and it was totally the best television show for the series.
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3:23PM on 04/24/2014

Awesome

As long as it's along the lines of Bates Motel. When they announced the Bates Motel show I thought the same thing as everyone else "Who needs a backstory on the Bates or the people in the town?" Then I started watching the show and was blown away by it. Here's hoping the Friday the 13th show is similar
As long as it's along the lines of Bates Motel. When they announced the Bates Motel show I thought the same thing as everyone else "Who needs a backstory on the Bates or the people in the town?" Then I started watching the show and was blown away by it. Here's hoping the Friday the 13th show is similar
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8:01PM on 04/24/2014
I guess you would know what's best since you're the star.
I guess you would know what's best since you're the star.
3:11AM on 04/25/2014
Jason Vorhees and Norman Bates are two completely different characters. The only thing they share is Mommy issues.

There's no way they could make a horror show in the same vein and quality with Jason that they do with Norman Bates.
Jason Vorhees and Norman Bates are two completely different characters. The only thing they share is Mommy issues.

There's no way they could make a horror show in the same vein and quality with Jason that they do with Norman Bates.
3:06PM on 04/24/2014
I'm actually interested in the idea. As us hardcore fans of the franchise know, they wanted to explore his background even more in Friday the 13th part 6. When those elements were taken out of the film, a comic book was made from it. So the ideas are there, and it could be good.
I'm actually interested in the idea. As us hardcore fans of the franchise know, they wanted to explore his background even more in Friday the 13th part 6. When those elements were taken out of the film, a comic book was made from it. So the ideas are there, and it could be good.
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3:00PM on 04/24/2014
This is a fucking terrible idea. We don't need a background story on Jason and his family. Just rewatching the original film and that's all you need to know right. Just us another F13 film and so on. We don't need a dumbass show like this.

Hollywood needs to rebooted.
This is a fucking terrible idea. We don't need a background story on Jason and his family. Just rewatching the original film and that's all you need to know right. Just us another F13 film and so on. We don't need a dumbass show like this.

Hollywood needs to rebooted.
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2:57PM on 04/24/2014
This sounds really dull.
This sounds really dull.
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2:46PM on 04/24/2014

His WACKY family??

No. Just no.
No. Just no.
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2:53PM on 04/24/2014
Couldn't agree more.
Couldn't agree more.
3:12AM on 04/25/2014
Right there with you guys.
Right there with you guys.
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