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Peacock Orders Friday The 13th Prequel Series Crystal Lake From Bryan Fuller & A24

October 31, 2022 | Posted by Jeremy Thomas
Friday the 13th Pamela Voorhees Image Credit: Paramount Pictures

Peacock is headed to summer camp with a Friday The 13th prequel series from Bryan Fuller & A24. Deadline reports that the streamer has given the prequel show a straight-to-series order, with A24 developing the project and Fuller (Star Trek: Discovery, Hannibal) set to create the show. Fuller has been working on a Friday the 13th project (originally a film) since 2014 and will write, showrun and executive produce.

Victor Miller, who wrote the screenplay for the original film, will also executive produce alongside Marc Toberoff and Rob Barsamian, who produced the original movie. The series comes after a lengthy legal battle that saw Miller win the rights to the original film, while Barsamian retained the right to Jason Voorhees and the mask as they were new to the franchise after the first movie. The original film featured Pamela Vorhees (played by Betsy Palmer) as the killer back in 1959.

The report notes according to sources, this move also opens the door to future feature films in the franchise. This will be the second Friday the 13th series, though the first directly connected to the films. Friday the 13th: The Series ran from 1987 to 1990 and focused on the owners of an antiques store that sold cursed objects trying to retrieve said objects. Plot details of the new series are being kept under wraps.

Bryan Fuller said, “I discovered Friday the 13th in the pages of Famous Monsters magazine when I was 10 years old and I have been thinking about this story ever since. When it comes to horror, A24 raises the bar and pushes the envelope and I’m thrilled to be exploring the camp grounds of Crystal Lake under their banner. And Susan Rovner is simply the best at what she does. It’s a pleasure and an honor to be working with her again.”

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,” added Susan Rovner, Chairman, Entertainment Content, 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.”