Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the woods, everyone’s favorite machete-wielding maniac is back, only this time it’s on the small-screen.
Mark Pedowitz, network president for The CW, has announced that a Friday The 13th television series is being developed at the network by writers Steve Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle, best known for creating the 1996 NBC series The Pretender. It will be an hour-long drama series and will be executive produced by Sean S. Cunningham, director of the original Friday the 13th film.
Deadline reports that the series is expected to take on a more “grounded reality” and will center on “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 project is not to be confused with the currently in-development film “reboot” that is expected to hit theaters sometime in 2016.
Personally, I don’t think there’s a more ridiculous idea than trying to adapt an iconic horror film series into a kind of police procedural for a television network that doesn’t exactly have the greatest track record. Here’s hoping Jason’s unique brand of terror isn’t tamed down in an attempt to appeal to the widest audience possible.
We here at Morbidly Amusing will have more news about the Friday The 13th TV Series as it becomes available, for better or worse.