‘Friday the 13th’ Prequel Series in Works at Peacock

Peacock is developing a ‘Friday the 13th’ prequel series titled ‘Crystal Lake’ from producer Bryan Fuller.

Peacock is looking to revisit Camp Crystal Lake. It was announced on Monday that the streaming service is developing a prequel to Friday the 13th. The series hails from Bryan Fuller, the man behind Pushing Daisies and Hannibal. He’ll serve as the showrunner, writer and executive producer on the prequel. He’ll develop the project along with A24, the studio behind hits like Everything Everywhere All at Once and Pearl.

Crystal Lake, which was given a straight-to-series order, is a prequel to the 1980s horror film, Friday the 13th. The move comes after rights to the franchise were tied up after the rights moved from Paramount to New Line. The original movie’s director and producer Sean S. Cunningham and original screenwriter Victor Miller were stuck in a copyright dispute, with the long battle finally coming to an end back in May. Miller ended up securing the rights over the script and original characters but not over the Friday the 13th title or the concept of an adult Jason and/or the character’s now iconic hockey mask. Because of this, the prequel series, could not be called Friday the 13th.

“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 [NBCUniversal’s] Susan Rovner is simply the best at what she does. It’s a pleasure and an honor to be working with her again.”  


Miller and his copyright attorney, Marc Toberoff, will also serve as executive producers on the project alongside Fuller and Rob Barsamian. The series is being likened to the A&E series, Bates Motel, and is described as a drama. As of now, no release date has been set.

Source: THR.

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