Plus, what's the latest on the next Jason Voorhees movie?
It's Friday the 13th. So let's talk about Friday the 13th!
It sounds like a TV show based on the horror franchise could possibly be rising from Crystal Lake soon, not unlike a certain misshapen child with mommy issues.
In a new interview, Friday the 13th creator Sean Cunningham told FEARnet (via Movies.com) that the series -- if it actually happens -- would be "sort of a Smallville" called Friday the 13th: Crystal Lake Chronicles.
"We’ve been on-again off-again with that for years and there are a bunch of great stories to be told, but I think the way that it’s finally going to get delivered is not through a conventional television network, but through the Internet," he says. "I can’t tell you who the delivery people will be, but it won’t be the traditional route. There’s also the possibility of webisodes, and I think we even have an idea for a terrific Friday the 13th video game."
So clearly this is far from a done deal, but still -- it could be great, couldn't it? Obviously, the Smallville angle indicates some kind of monster of the week type approach. And Cunningham seems to confirm as much. "It can’t be just Jason killing someone new every week," he laughs. "That’s not going to make it."
He also says that they have writers who have been working on the project, so let's keep our machetes crossed that this actually happens…
Meanwhile, Cunningham also seems optimistic that a new Friday the 13th movie will be made. He expects production to start in the spring of 2014 for an early 2015 release. Jason Voorhees fans will recall that the rights to the series have been complicated by the fact that both Warner Bros. and Paramount have a stake in it. But this past June, the studios reached an agreement that saw Warners giving Paramount, among other things, its rights to co-finance the next Friday the 13th as well as a future South Park movie. (All so that Warners could co-finance Christopher Nolan's Interstellar. Hollywood!) That, combined with Cunningham's statement, is enough to make a slasher fan cry. Will Jason live again?
While you ponder all this, why not take a look back at the first Friday the 13th show, which filled many a late-night TV viewing diet back when. Oh, Robey!