Peacock have placed a straight to series order for ‘Crystal Lake’. The show will serve as a prequel to the ‘Friday The 13th’ film series.
Bryan Fuller, known for the likes of ‘Hannibal’ and ‘American Gods’, will have dull creative control on the series which will be produced by indie horror specialists A24.
The film series, which began in 1980, produced eleven films and has been spun off into television before as well as books and games. For the last few years it has been at the centre of a rights battle between the original writer, Victor Miller, and the first films director, Sean S. Cunningham.
Miller won the case and got the rights back to the original script but not the title, hence the title ‘Crystal Lake’, or the hockey mask wear Jason character as he didn’t appear in the first film. The new show is being pitched as similar to how ‘Bates Motel’ was a sequel to ‘Psycho’.
I discovered Friday the 13th in the pages of Famous Monsters magazine when I was 10 years old and I have been thinking about this story ever since. When it comes to horror, A24 raises the bar and pushes the envelope and I’m thrilled to be exploring the camp grounds of Crystal Lake under their banner. And [NBCUniversal’s] Susan Rovner is simply the best at what she does. It’s a pleasure and an honor to be working with her again.Bryan Fuller – showrunner
Friday the 13th is one of the most iconic horror franchises in movie history and we were dying to revisit this story with our upcoming drama series Crystal Lake. We can’t wait to get to work with Bryan Fuller, a gifted, visionary creator who I’ve had the pleasure of being a longtime friend and collaborator, along with our incredible partners at A24, in this updated version for Peacock that will thrill long-standing fans of the franchise.Susan Rovner, chairman of entertainment content at NBCUniversal Television and Streaming
The show will be exclusive to Peacock but no release date has been set.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter