The Voorhees family can’t catch a break, but maybe this one is for the better…
While Paramount continues to develop the 13th installment of the Friday the 13th franchise, Horror Inc. producers had been laying the groundwork for a series that would air on the CW.
Now, according to an unverified source, pizowell, CW has axed plans for bringing Jason Voorhees to their network.
“So what happened? According to my source, the network didn’t jibe with the concept for the series. What was the concept? Apparently, that’s the problem. After months of development, there was still no real concept for the series, causing network execs to re-think bringing Friday the 13th (back) to the small screen.”
The Friday the 13th series adaptation was being developed by Steve Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle, creators of the 1996 NBC series “The Pretender” through CBS TV Studios.
The project originated 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 S. Cunningham, who helmed the 1980 original, executive producing along with EFO Films principals Randall Emmett & George Furla and Mark Canton, among others.
Bill Basso (Terminator) and Jordu Schell (Avatar) were tapped at the time to script a storyline that re-imagines Jason in multiple time periods. Details on the remake are sketchy but the idea had been to do a contemporary series 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 masked Jason is being reimagined with a stronger feel of grounded reality.
Having a lack of focus, as the report states, does not bode well for the future of the series. Unless someone is willing to capitalize on the name alone, it looks as if Jason will remain dead, at least on the small screen…