Put down the bong, boys and girls of Camp Crystal Lake, because Jason is one step closer to making his way to television.
According to the fan site Friday the 13th: The Franchise, creator Sean Cunningham revealed some cursory details about the plot and possible network while attending New Jersey's Monster Mania convention. As relayed by Tim Jacobs, here's what we know so far:
The CW is expressing interest
While the show may be in its very early stages, The CW is currently the most likely to pick it up for broadcast. The network has been making successful leaps into new content territory lately, especially in the action/superhero genre. They've made some forays into horror before with [Supernatural](series:200506) and the upcoming [iZombie](series:1169542), but those shows have always been tinged with comedy and a certain teen soapiness.
It will be interesting to see how that signature CW tone will translate to Friday the 13th, and if some of the death scenes will be toned down in exchange for laughs.
The basic premise is more meta
According to Tim Jacobs speaking for Sean Cunnigham, the idea for the show's premise sounds more in the tongue-in-cheek, self-referential vein of Scream than your prototypical slasher movie.
The basic premise focuses on the REAL city of Crystal Lake, and the effect that the serialized films had on its real life counterpart. This allows them to reimagine Jason in a more grounded reality, as the films would be based off the real life killings that tool [sic] place at the Camp.
So, this is a universe where Crystal Lake is an actual place that's been changed by a string of movies inspired by its most infamous event. The killings happened, and Hollywood made movies about them. I must say, this approach intrigues me, and I want to know more about how they will handle the balance of reality and fiction.
Another killer may be added
If that premise holds, it seems that Jason won't be alone in his spree to clear out the morally questionable teens of the camp. Jacobs, again, said that he'll be joined by a new killer to pile on the evil.
Both the Hockey Masked Jason and a more serious backwoods inspired killer will be making appearances throughout.
Jason doesn't exactly play nice with others, so I'm definitely anxious to see how he'll respond to another slasher crowding his turf.
These murmurs come on the heels of two other major horror shows heading our way: Fox's [Scream Queens](series:2494381) and MTV's [Scream](series:935988).
If Friday the 13th continues to gain momentum, it will certainly have its fair share of competition.