After a 13-year absence, we are finally returning to the world of Friday the 13th, with Variety reporting today that Peacock has landed the rights to an upcoming prequel series titled “Crystal Lake.”
Described as an “expanded prequel,” the series will see Bryan Fuller serve as showrunner, writer, and executive producer. Victor Miller, the original scriptwriter for the first franchise entry, will also serve as an executive producer alongside A24, who will serve as the studio behind the series!
Fuller is best known for creating and co-creating shows like Hannibal, American Gods, and Star Trek: Discovery.
Speaking more about the news, Fuller shared his excitement for the franchise, saying:
“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 campgrounds 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.”
Susan Rovner, chairman of entertainment content for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming, also spoke about the news, saying:
“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’. 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.”
The original Friday the 13th was released in 1980 and proved to be a huge hit, grossing nearly $60 million from a reported budget of $550,000. Since then, the franchise has released another eleven films which include Jason X, Freddy vs. Jason, and the 2009 reboot.
Stay tuned for more updates as we learn them.