The history of horror cinema has been filled with iconic villains who end up becoming the anchor of a franchise, being the only consistent element across several movies. One such villain is Jason Voorhees, who first made an appearance in the 1980 film Friday the 13th, and has subsequently appeared in eleven other movies, as well as comic books and novels, including a crossover with The Nightmare on Elm Street‘s Freddy Krueger in 2003’s Freddy vs. Jason. Now, however, the villain will be coming to the small screen, as The CW has announced that they are formally working on a tv adaptation of the horror franchise.
The series is being penned by Star Wars: The Clone Wars writers Steve Mitchell and Craig Van Sickle, who previously worked together to create the NBC series The Pretender, which ran for four seasons. They will be taking over the job from first-time scribes Bill Basso and Jordu Schell, both of whom will remain onboard as executive producers. Also onboard as producer is Sean S. Cunningham, who directed the 1980 film that introduced the world to Jason.
This is not the first time that the franchise has hit the small screen, as the 1980s series Friday the 13th: The Series indirectly tied into the franchise. The new incarnation differs significantly, however, in that it will see the actual character of Jason be a part of the show, something that was not present previously. This will mark Jason’s first appearance onscreen since 2009’s Friday the 13th, and casting or a premiere date for the series has yet to be announced.