With the rumors of a new (perhaps found-footage style) 'Friday the 13th' film heating up recently, you probably wouldn't assume that taking Jason's exploits to the small screen would be at the top of series creator Sean S. Cunningham's to-do list. However, it seems you would be wrong to think that, as a new Deadline report confirms that an hour-long Jason TV series is indeed in development.
While a well regarded 'Friday The 13th' series was aired in syndication in the late '80s, that version only capitalized on the series name and reputation, completely disregarding the ever growing Jason Voorhees mythology in favor of having its protagonists hunt down cursed objects. This new project will focus entirely on the town of Crystal Lake, Jason Voorhees, and his twisted family.
Realizing that an ongoing series about Jason just showing up and hacking folks to death would likely get boring after awhile, writers Bill Basso and Jordu Schell have crafted a storyline that plants the seemingly invincible hockey-masked killer into various time periods in the history of Crystal Lake, with each new incarnation giving Mr. Voorhees new victims and a new final girl.
Along the way, new secrets about the Voorhees bloodline will be revealed, presumably ones that might help Jason's latest targets defeat him. Really though, we all know he isn't ever going to stay dead permanently. How often Jason will take a ride on the temporal superhighway is currently unknown, but if I had to guess, I'd say maybe every 3-4 episodes or so.
No network is currently attached, although the sure to be gory subject matter would definitely seem more at home on a cable channel like AMC or Syfy. Casting Jason will also be crucial, as hardcore 'F13' fans don't think of the character as just a "guy in a mask," they think of him as a full-fledged icon of the horror genre.