It has now been 13 years since the last one was released Friday the 13th movie, with the franchise embroiled in a legal battle ever since. Finally, the wait is almost over…
Variety made the most amazing announcement today Peacock ordered “Lake Crystal,” a Friday the 13th prequel series from Bryan Fuller (“Hannibal”)!
The craziest part of this big news? A24 will serve as the studio behind the series!
Peacock gave the project a straight-to-series order, with “Crystal Lake” described as an “enhanced prequel” to the original. Friday the 13th franchise.
Various details, “The show will be written by Bryan Fuller, who is also the showrunner and executive producer. Victor Millerwho wrote the first film in the franchise, will work with Marc Toberoff, Rob Barsamian, and A24.
“‘Friday the 13th’ is one of the greatest horror films in movie history and we are dying to revisit this story with our upcoming drama ‘Crystal Lake,'” said Susan Rovner, director of entertainment for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “We can’t wait to work with Bryan Fuller, a visionary producer and I’m delighted to be a long-time friend and partner, along with our great colleagues at A24, on this new version for Peacock. Enjoy longtime fans of the franchise.”
“I saw ‘Friday the 13th’ in the pages of Famous Monsters magazine when I was 10 years old and have been thinking about this story ever since,” Fuller said. “When it comes to awesomeness, A24 raises the bar and pushes the envelope and I’m excited to find Crystal Lake Campgrounds under their banner. And Susan Rovner is the best in his work. It is a pleasure and an honor to work with him again.
To further address the franchise’s legal issues, Sean Cunningham, the director of the original film, and Victor Miller, the original screenwriter, fought over who would be in charge of what.
Back in 2018, a judge awarded Victor Miller the rights to the original. Friday the 13th screenplay in the United States, a Cunningham decision has not been overturned in recent years. Cunningham, however, is in the role of the adult Jason Voorhees, introduced in later sequels, which is why the Peacock series takes the prequel route.
In other words, Fuller and company can use the events of the original Friday the 13th as a springboard, including the Crystal Lake area and Mrs. Voorhees.
Stay tuned for more as we learn.