The CW Developing New FRIDAY THE 13TH TV Show

Written by Andrew Pollard Wednesday, 12 August 2015

TV News

After ten initial movies, a crossover battle with Freddy Krueger, a reboot, an ill-formed TV series, and various comic book and video game outings, Jason Voorhees and the Friday the 13th franchise is again heading to the small screen.

Deadline is reporting that The CW is developing a new Friday the 13th TV show which will look to eradicate the memory of the 1980s' TV series that had extremely little to do with Jason. Steven Long Mitchell and Craig W. Van Sickle have already been brought in to work on the show.

Mitchell has confirmed that this new series will indeed tie in with everyone’s favourite hockey mask-wearing psycho, Jason Voorhees. On the news, he revealed, “I don’t think we really wanted to do a show about a guy with a machete chasing girls in tube tops. We couldn’t do that on a weekly basis. So what ends up happening is, a cop comes into town, looking for his brother. He realises his brother was there searching into the past murders, and realises that his personal story is tied into Jason’s personal story.”

‘Cos yeah, who’d expect to see a machete-wielding killer chasing teenage girls in something Friday the 13th related?

The writer also went on to confirm that this new show will take place in the established Crystal Lake-based world of the movie franchise, as he continued, “What we’re going to do is basically acknowledge that the people came to this town after these killings happened, and they made all these movies. And now the town has a stigma. Our show is, ‘Here’s the true story. Here’s the real story of Jason.’ It’s been taken and exploited. So we have the young crowd who doesn’t know who he is except for what they’ve seen in the movies. The older crowd is afraid of him. We have a lot of people who have scars from him. The underlying thematic of the whole thing is that Jason is a monster in this town. He openly wears a mask. But everybody in this town wears a mask. Underneath those is a monster.”

And if you’re one of those who was thinking “Hold on a minute, wasn’t Friday the 13th getting another movie at some point?”, fear not, for that is still happening. Unconfirmed as to whether it is a another redo, a follow on from the original Friday the 13th films, a continuation of the Derek Mears-starring Friday the 13th remake or something totally different, the next Friday the 13th film is currently booked in for a May 16th, 2016 release.

As ever, expect to hear more on both the new Friday the 13th movie and TV series as and when they develop.

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