A horror classic may soon get a huge shot in the arm.
The Friday the 13th franchise–which has been mired in a mess of lawsuits–is still the center of attention for some filmmakers (and legions of horror fans), and now a reboot of the 1980 original classic may rear its bloody head.
Sean S. Cunningham–who directed the first film in the popular series–is working “to get his own Friday the 13th reboot off the ground,” according to a report on Coming Soon.
Screenwriter Jeff Locker reportedly said Cunningham hired him to do a rewrite on another horror film–The Night Driver–and “after working with director Jeremy Weiss and him on that, we got to talking about Friday the 13th.”
Locker added that he and Weiss “pitched our dream reboot of Friday the 13th, and we hope–with Sean’s blessing–to keep developing it with him. We’re hoping this will give us Jason on the big screen for the first time in 14 years. But we also have a Plan B for a sequel to the original we think fans will love and should avoid any legal entanglements.”
And this promising news comes in the wake of the announcement of Crystal Lake–the upcoming Peacock series from A24 that will serve as a prequel to the original film.
Crystal Lake–which does not yet have a debut date–has Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) at the helm as showrunner and executive producer and Victor Miller (screenwriter of Friday the 13th), Marc Toberoff and Rob Barsamian as co-executive producers.
In addition, Fuller recently announced that Kevin Williamson (of Scream fame) would write one episode of the series and that Adrienne King (a Friday the 13th Final Girl) will have a recurring role.
Keep reading Horror News Network for all updates on the proposed Friday the 13th reboot and Crystal Lake on Peacock.