Friday the 13th: The TV show has been floating around in whispers for the last year with small development details leaking as to plot, setting and possible network interest.
“We went with CW because they are probably the most successful genre distributor in the world because they’re not only strong in this country but around the world with their other titles, in particular, “Arrow” and “The Flash”. They know that market and they know the audience. They’re very smart and very psyched about doing the project.”
The CW seems to be on a road to reestablishing itself as a network that specializes in genre fiction with in-development adaptions of The Notebook, Little Women and a drama series based on Archie Comics, titled Riverdale.
On Friday the 13th, The CW have said that the new series will be
“a sophisticated horror/crime thriller [with] a stronger feel of grounded reality.
It will follow the ongoing quest of a detective’s search for his missing brother that is somehow tied to Jason Voorhees, a long thought dead serial killer who has now returned to wreak havoc in the new Crystal Lake.”
When asked about the next Friday the 13th film and whether the rumors of pursuing a found-footage angle were true, Cunningham clarified that it was an option that was dropped during development:
“They’ve been talking about that, but that’s not going to happen. I think what’s different for sure is Paramount was hung up on trying to do the found footage, which most fans, including me, just thought it wasn’t right.
They weren’t saying yes to anything that didn’t work but they couldn’t find anything that would work. So finally, last February they gave up on it and decided to go in a completely different way and now they’re in the process of once again finding a better way to make it.”
Are the CW the right people to make the Friday the 13th show... and what do you hope to see in the Friday the 13th movie?