Confirming a recent rumor that did the rounds earlier this year, reports are coming in that Peacock has given a straight-to-series order to a Friday the 13th prequel currently titled Crystal Lake. This sounds like great news for fans of the classic slasher franchise, but there is a catch.
According to Variety, the showrunners do not have the rights to use any elements of the films established after the original 1980 classic, which includes Jason Vorhees’ trademark hockey mask.
So, what exactly would a Friday the 13th prequel entail? Well, we'll get to see a bunch of camp counsellors ignore a young Jason until he drowns and his mother plots her revenge! Doesn't really sound too exciting, does it?
The show will be written by Bryan Fuller, who will also serve as showrunner and executive producer. Victor Miller, who wrote the first movie, will also executive produce along with Marc Toberoff, Rob Barsamian, and A24.
“’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,’” said Susan Rovner, chairman of entertainment content for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “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.”