Friday the 13th TV Series Coming to CW

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A “Grounded in Realism” Hockey-Masked, Machete-Weilding Maniac

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At The CW’s TCA press day on Tuesday, network president Mark Pedowitz made it official by saying a Friday the 13th TV series is in the works, and the creators of NBC’s 1996 series The Pretender are writing the script.

Not to be confused with the odd ’80s series — that had absolutely no connection to the movies, whatsoever — this new Friday the 13th TV show is being described by Deadline as “a sophisticated, horror/crime thriller.”

It appears that everyone’s favorite hockey-masked unstoppable killer will be reimagined in a more grounded/realistic manner and that the premise of the show will follow “the ongoing quest of a detective’s search for his missing brother that is somehow tied to Jason Voorhees, a long-thought dead serial killer who has now returned to wreak havoc in the new Crystal Lake.”

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The new hour-long drama will be executive produced by Sean S. Cunningham, the director of the original 1980 film Friday the 13th.  No official word yet on when the series will air.

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Since the franchise was launched with the 1980 Friday The 13th, there have been 12 movies, most recently Friday The 13th in 2009 directed by Marcus Nispel.  There’s no word as of yet if the story from the upcoming movie reboot will affect the events that transpire on the small-screen, when this project gets ordered to series.

What do you think?  Will this be ‘Must See TV or does the idea of CW reimagining Jason Vorhees in a more grounded way give you nightmares? Sound off in the comments section below!

courtesy of Deadline

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