You can already hear the music, Jason is back as a Friday the 13th prequel series is heading to Peacock.
Following years of copyright issues, the Friday the 13th rights are back in the hands of Victor Miller, who wrote the original screenplay. With all of the legal actions out of the way, it’s time to figure out what comes next for Jason, which means heading to the past.
Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) is developing Crystal Lake as a series. It was originally envisioned as a film beginning in 2013, but will now be expanded to a series format. Fuller will serve as writer, showrunner, and executive producer.
Miller and his copyright attorney Marc Toberoff will serve as executive producers along with the original film’s producer, Rob Barsamian. The series will be produced by the A24 studio.
What can and can’t be used is still a question following the lawsuit. It seems at first only elements from the first film will be eligible for use. This would include Jason drowning at the camp, and the two revenge murders committed by his mother in 1959. She then begins killing again in 1979 when the camp is reopened, and Jason appears as a child rising out of the lake.
As his infamous hockey mask wasn’t introduced until the third film, it is more than likely not eligible for use.
Even with those limitations, there is still a lot of potential stories that can be mined here such as what the relationship was like between Jason and his mother. What did his mother do in those 20 years and so on.
No word on a potential debut date as of yet, but with a straight-to-series order, it means work can begin right away.