TV series adaptations based on Hollywood’s most notorious killers have been all the rage these last few years, with networks crafting hits out about Norman Bates, Hannibal Lecter, and soon even The Omen‘s Damian is getting his own show. Now comes word that Jason Voorhees, of Friday The 13th fame, will be making a killing on the small screen as well.
No, it won’t be a Bates Motel-style series that chronicles the troubled young man as he grows up on Crystal Lake and slowly transforms into the masked killer we all know and love. The current concept centers on a detective investigating the mysterious disappearance of his brother. His brother’s fate is somehow tied to Jason Voorhees and Crystal Lake, and the series will reportedly cover a few time periods as we catch up with Jason during different stages as the unsolved disappearance at the show’s core is explored.
Rather than straight-up horror, the series will have the elements of a sophisticated, mystery-filled horror/crime thriller.
The CW has hired Steve Mitchell & Craig Van Sickle, creators of the 1996 NBC series The Pretender, to adapt Friday The 13th into this small screen television experience.
I like this take. It sounds like a creative and inventive way of exploring the Voorhees mythology, and looking at it from a new perspective. I’ve often felt that shifts in perspective can make even the oldest, most played out ideas feel new again.