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Prequel series ‘Friday the 13th’ ordered from Bryan Fuller at Peacock

Peacock has given a direct-to-chain order for ‘Friday the 13th’ now titled ‘Crystal Lake’ diverse Learn.

Fine plot details are preserved, although it is described as an “extended premise”. The show will be written by Brian Fuller, who is also presenter and executive producer. Victor Miller, who penned the original film in the franchise, will also produce with Mark Toprov, Rob Barsamian, and A24. A24 will also serve as the studio behind the series.

“Friday the 13th is one of the most iconic horror franchises in movie history, and we’ve been looking forward to revisiting that story with the upcoming drama series Crystal Lake,” said Susan Rovner, Head of Entertainment Content for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming. “We can’t wait to work with Bryan Fuller, the talented, visionary creator who has had the pleasure of being a longtime friend and collaborator, along with our wonderful partners at A24, on this updated version of Peacock that will thrill longtime franchise fans.”

Miller and Toprov, his attorney, were previously involved in a drawn-out court case in an effort to obtain the rights to Miller’s original film script. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Miller’s favor in 2021, granting him US rights to the script. As such, they don’t have the right to use any elements from movies created after the original “Friday the 13th,” which includes Jason Vorhees’ trademark hockey mask, but they are able to explore prequels as in the Peacock series.

Fuller is best known for creating or co-creating shows such as “Hannibal” on NBC, “Pushing Daisies” on ABC, “Dead Like Me” on Showtime, “American Gods” on Starz, and “Star Trek: Discovery” in Paramount +. He is also known for his work on “Star Trek: Voyager” as well as “Heroes”.

It is represented by WME, Brillstein Entertainment Partners, and Ziffren Brittenham.

“I discovered ‘Friday the 13th’ in the pages of Famous Monsters when I was 10 and have been thinking about this story ever since,” Fuller said. “When it comes to awe, the A24 raises the bar, pushes the envelope and is a pleasure to explore the camp grounds at Crystal Lake 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.”

The original movie “Friday the 13th” was released in 1980. In this movie, Jason is a child drowning in Camp Crystal Lake. His death prompted his mother, Pamela, to take revenge on the counselors she blamed for her son’s death. It grossed nearly $60 million against a budget of $550,000.

Since then, there have been eleven more films in the franchise, including “Jason X,” “Freddy vs. Jason,” and the 2009 reboot. Jason became the main antagonist beginning with the second film.

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