Peacock Orders ‘Friday the 13th’ Prequel Series From Bryan Fuller

The network announces that it is developing ‘Crystal Lake’, a prequel series of the classic horror franchise, which is set to hail from the ‘American Gods’ helmer and A24.

AceShowbiz -Peacock has a special announcement on Halloween. On Monday, October 31, the network revealed that it is developing a “Friday the 13th” prequel series, titled “Crystal Lake“, which is set to hail from “Hannibal” helmer Bryan Fuller and A24.

” ‘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’,” said Susan Rovner, chairman of entertainment content for NBCUniversal Television and Streaming.

“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,” she continued.

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

Plot details are under wraps, but the planned show is described as an “expanded prequel.” Fuller (“American Gods” and “Star Trek: Discovery“) is set to write the show in addition to serving as showrunner and an executive producer. Joining as executive producers are Victor Miller, who penned the original film in the franchise, Marc Toberoff, Rob Barsamian and A24. A24 will also serve as the studio behind the series.

News of the “Friday the 13th” prequel series arrived following a years-long copyright dispute between the original film’s director and producer Sean S. Cunningham and Miller. Miller won the legal battle last September after a judge ruled he was an independent contractor when he wrote the screenplay and was entitled to authorship rights.

Released in 1980, the original “Friday the 13th” tells a story about Jason, a child who drowns at Camp Crystal Lake. Following his death, his mom Pamela seeks revenge against the counselors as she blames them for her son’s death. It starred Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Laurie Bartram and Kevin Bacon. The flick grossed nearly $60 million against a reported budget of $550,000.

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