Look Out, Camp Counselors! There's a Friday the 13th TV Series in the Works

Don't have sex! Don't do drugs! And for crying out loud, don't fumble with your car keys while running away from a crazy murderer!

A television series based on the Friday the 13th horror film franchise is in development from Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films and Crystal Lake Entertainment, according to Deadline. Sean S. Cunningham, who directed the original 1980 horror film, is among the potential show's executive producers. 

The hour-long horror-drama would once again bring hockey-mask-wearing slasher Jason Vorhees back into pop culture; the legendary movie murderer has terrorized audiences in a dozen films and inspired thousands of simple Halloween costumes for nearly three decades. Bill Basso (The Terminator) and Jordu Schell (Avatar) are writing the script, and the show will be set in the present day but re-imagine Jason across multiple time periods. The idea is to focus on Jason's former slaying grounds, Camp Crystal Lake, where the current residents are forced to deal with the killer's return "as new secrets about his wacky family are revealed."

No network is attached to the project.


Are you brave enough to watch a Friday the 13th series?

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I'm a big fan of the series, and character, but I don't know how it can hope to sustain a TV series.
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Well considering a lot of them happen outside of camping that last one doesn't work. You just have to stay away from anywhere or anyone related to Crystal Lake or has a vested interest in how Jason survives.

And seriously why the hell camp at Crystal Lake after a mass murder? Maybe after the first time you can consider it a tragedy and think it is a one time experience. But when it it keep happening again and again and you keep sending your kids back there?!?


This show can actually be really cool if it is taken seriously and is about the repercussions. Unfortunately that is not likely going to be the case. It would have been interesting if it had the point of view of survivors, business owners, townspeople, PR people and so forth and how they go about what occured at Crystal Lake and how it keeps opening it up again.
Kind of like The Killing mixed with the people of Sunnydale.

Hell, I really want to watch my version now.
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It really depends on which network it will be on !
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Put your bets on the table; will the show survive longer than the film franchise (currently standing at 12 films), or will it get brutally slashed before it makes it past twelve episodes?

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How about a Halloween-based TV series based on the activities of Michael Myers? It could be like 24 where each episode covers one hour of time in the show and a whole season covers spans and entire night of his killing spree?

What about a Freddy Kruger-based show where everyone is terrified of going to sleep so they consume a lot of coffee, Red Bull, 5 Hour energy drinks, and crystal meth?




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Are you suggesting a Freddy Kruger based reality show? A group of contestants are competing over who stays awake the longest. Those who fall asleep are woken up and have to watch a Nightmare on Elm Street film while wearing 3D glasses, and after having consumed LSD.
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This is kind of a good idea and should be very funny ! Ha !
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No, not a reality show, a drama.
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I'm exhausted with Jason. I think it's time to give this concept a rest. It's just killing scene after killing scene; that's it. Nothing really going on but torture porn. Might as well make a Saw series.
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Granted, the Saw movies turned into "torture porn" but Friday the 13th were never "torture porn" just the average slasher.
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Agreed but in a way I still kind of feel like Friday the 13th was always as well. Everything is about the next kill, the way he achieves it, and the excitement/horror that comes from it. We really could care less about the counselors on the show, we just know they're likely going to die. A good product comes from development of its characters and not just being devolved into cheap thrills.
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There was already a Friday the 13th series... yes it had nothing at all to do with Friday the 13th, but it exists!
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The series was supposed to tie into the movie franchise at the series finale (the last cursed item the characters had to recover was Jason's mask) but a parent's group had the show's final season cut early so there's no real resolution to the series. (the parents group said the show glorified Satanism.)
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Yeah 3 seasons of it if you can believe that.
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I'm a big horror fan overall & yet I've got less than absolute zero interest in this
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So... every week Jason killed a bunch of teens, one girl managed to kill him off... and then he rises again for the next episode, just in time for another bunch of dumbass kids to show up?

This idea somehow managed to sound even more terrible than the Michael Bay reboot.
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This sounds pretty good,there's potential here to take the series in a new direction.A TV series would be better than rebooting another movie.
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HBO Should Air it , they lack horror Genre , since " Tales from the Crypt " was on

i remember watching that show when i was young , i couldn't sleep until next morning
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Someone really needs to bring back horror anthology period. Hopefully Penny Dreadful will do that for us, but I worry it won't be much of an anthology at all, but one continuous, drawn out story.
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Ginny from Part II engaged in (off-screen) sex, yet many longtime fans of the series consider her to be one of the best (if not the best) "final girls" in the franchise.

This series has potential but as another poster mentioned, it depends on the network. I personally don't mind the gore so long as it's done right, and isn't too gratuitous. Yes, this franchise isn't exactly The Godfather rebooted but if the show wants to bring in a sizeable audience, something more than pandering should be considered.
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As long as he's the hero.
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In a World Filled with Douchebag Camp Counselors , One Man , One Mask and One F**king Machete .. that will save Crystal Lake from Them All
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Could be fun. I've long thought that another famous horror movie franchise, A Nightmare on Elm Street, would make a good television series.
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They already had a Nightmare on Elm street series. It was called Freddy's Nightmares. They had a Friday the 13th series too. Jason wasn't in it tho and it sucked.
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Friday the 13th the series managed to last 3 seasons, so it couldn't have sucked THAT bad...
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Yea I suppose it wasn't horrible. Wasn't really good either. False advertisement at it's finest tho.
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It was announced that had the series run its curse the last cursed item on their checklist would've been Jason's mask. (The series was prematurely canceled because a parents group complained that it promted Satanism.)
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It wasn't bad, no. It just had nothing to do with the Friday the 13th movies like everyone expected going in.
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Freddy's Nightmares wasn't much of an Elm Street series as it was an anthology collection that very rarely featured Freddy doing anything but playing Crypt Keeper.
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True, except the first episode where Freddy actually played a big part in the episode.
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Unless this ends up being on a premium cable channel that can get away with nudity and hard violence this will be horrible.
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Very True and if it ends there, it will probably NOT get cancelled. On Network TV, I doubt it will make it past a few episodes.
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Can't wait... imagine my disappointment when I eagerly tuned in for the old series just to discover it was basically Warehouse 13 instead of hockey mask goodness
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Yeah, sorta like how Poltergeist: The Legacy had nothing at all to do with the Poltergeist movies.
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