Thursday, April 24, 2014

'Friday the 13th' Returning to The Small Screen

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Jason Voorhees has been hacking and slashing his way across the big screen since the 1980s, but soon, he will be making his killer debut on the small screen. According to Deadline, Crystal Lake Entertainment, along with Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films, have inked a deal to produce an hour-long dramatic series based off of characters and settings from the original "Friday the 13th" series.

Sean S. Cunningham, director of the 1980 film, is set to act as an executive producer on the upcoming project alongside Ted Fox (Fox Entertainment), Steve B. Harris (Diversion3 Entertainment), Mark Canton (Atmosphere Entertainment MM), and Randall Emmett & George Furla (EFO Films). Producer of the feature films and Horror Inc. president, Robert Barsamian, is slated to produce the new series. Roy Knyrim of SOTA FX will be providing special FX makeup for the series.

Jordu Schell and Bill Basso have been tapped to create a script that takes the story of Jason Voorhees and re-imagines him into multiple periods of time. While the original films focused on the vengeance of the Voorhees family against Camp Crystal Lake, the upcoming series will be a modern take of the story, including the unleashing of some Voorhees family secrets!

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In an interview, Barsamian said that people should “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.” Explaining the decision to take Jason to the small screen, Cunningham said “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.”

While this is the first time that Jason Voorhees will be stalking onto the small screen, it won't be the first time that the "Friday the 13th" name has appeared on television. In the early 1990s, a series of the same name was aired in Canada and the US, though it had nothing to do with the films. "Friday the 13th: The Series," later retitled "Friday's Curse," followed an antiques dealer and his two colleagues as they collected cursed objects.

Emmett and Furla of EFO Films have stated that they loved the idea of creating this series with the original creators behind it, and I have to agree. What do you think, horror fans? Are you excited to see more of Jason and his origins, or do you think he's better off on the big screen?

-Nowal Massari