It’s Halloween, but the biggest news of the day is about Friday the 13th! When the copyright case between original Friday the 13th Producer/director Sean S. Cunningham and writer Victor Miller parted ways some time ago, Miller was awarded the US copyright for the first film. With that in hand, Miller’s lawyer was confident that he could now proceed to make a remake, prequel, sequel, TV series – pretty much anything he wanted. A fact that Cunningham, who still holds the rights to the overall franchise, strongly disputed. Well, now Miller has made his move. Variety reports that streaming service Peacock has ordered a Friday the 13th series called Crystal Lake. The show is being described as an “extended prequel”.
Crystal Lake comes to us from the A24. Miller is producing with the studio, along with his attorney Marc Toberoff, Rob Barsamian and showrunner Bryan Fuller. Fuller, whose credits include Hannibal and Pushing Daisiesalso writes the show.
Susan Rovner of NBCUniversal Television and Streaming provided the following statement: “Friday the 13th is one of the most iconic horror franchises in film history and we wanted to revisit that story with our upcoming drama series Crystal Lake. We can’t wait to get to work with Bryan Fuller, a gifted, visionary creator who I’ve had the pleasure of being a long-time friend and collaborator, along with our incredible partners at A24, on this updated version to Peacock that will excite longtime fans of the franchise.“
Fuller added: “I discovered Friday the 13th in the pages of Famous Monsters magazine when I was 10 years old, and I’ve been thinking about this story ever since. When it comes to horror, A24 raises the bar and pushes the envelope, and I’m excited to explore the Crystal Lake campground under their banner. And Susan Rovner is simply the best at what she does. It is a pleasure and an honor to work with her again.“
Variety notes that Miller and Toberoff “do not have rights to use any elements of the films established after the original Friday the 13thwhich includes Jason Vorhees’ trademark hockey mask, but is able to explore the prequels as in the case of the Peacock series.” They’ll definitely have to tread carefully so as not to draw ire Cunningham…
It is surprising that Miller is the first to announce his Friday the 13th project because in recent months it has emerged that Cunningham is working with New Line Cinema and That producer Roy Lee to get a new film into production. Will New Line still go ahead with one Friday the 13th movie while Crystal Lake is active at Peacock? We’ll have to wait and see.
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