When people hear Friday The 13 they immediately think 80’s slasher exploitation movies; a madman with a machete chasing girls in crop tops.
And that’s what we thought when we were approached about reimagining the series of movies into a televisions show.
And yes, – we will have blood and violence and the occasional crop top, but what makes us passionate about writing this pilot is elevating F-13 into something people DON’T EXPECT.
A series with intelligence, humor, weird surprises, all within in a character-driven, horror/crime thriller series, grounded in an ongoing sophisticated mystery in the vain of True Detective (Season 1) mashed up with the odd, paranoid, who-can-you-trust vibe of a Twin Peaks-on-acid.
An expansion of the mythology designed to please diehard puritans and a blank canvas to appeal to a whole new generation of viewers to the story.
We’ll tell this tale through the eyes of an accessible hero who comes to a cursed city to find his missing brother and ends up uncovering a massive series of secrets in the bizarre place known as Crystal Lake.
In our vision of Friday the 13th, Crystal Lake has grown up and so has the franchise itself. It’s time to probe the deep dark depths of the movie’s mythology and explore the mind-blowing secrets under the surface – secrets centering on three men whose lives have been on a collision course.
Our series is about the all the things you don’t know about Friday the 13th – Jason was a very important piece of the horrific events that have defined this community – but he was (and is) just the tip of the iceberg of madness hidden under the surface.
Over several seasons we’ll explore the hidden mystery of murder and madness, secrets and lies of Crystal Lake and its inhabitants.
The series will be built upon the emotional core of a new homicide detective, Ky Morgan, surrounding the search for his younger brother (also a detective), who vanished while digging into the mysteries surrounding the notorious killer Jason Voorhees.
A killer thought long dead or gone – until the murders begin again.
A stranger in an even stranger city, Ky quickly realizes his only course of action is to complete what his brother ,and find out the truth about Jason.
A bit about Crystal Lake in 2015…
In the movies, all we ever saw were a few broken down gas stations, a diner, and a laughable police department.
In F13 the series, it’s imperative to expand the world of the mid-sized city adjacent to the lake – expand out the people who live there.
On the surface, Crystal Lake is a bucolic blending of old and new; the people who’ve been there for generations, juxtaposed with the nouveau-riche tied to CL tech boom, living in their hillside mansions, looking down on the toiling population of small town folks, and the purveyors of higher learning at the local college whose lives they have transformed, like it or not.
While on the surface, this seemingly peaceful contradiction of a community goes about life in a carefree manner befitting its 21st Century reality of progress, there is something unsettling that bubbles underneath; something that reaches back into the last millennium, born out of terrible secrets that are still festering, growing and building to the day when these secrets erupt and changes the lives of all who’ve denied their very existence – secrets consuming a town that is a nexus between evil and good.
Crystal Lake has one black eye the city elders have been fighting to bury in the dustbin of history, one they don’t want to be known for… the unsolved series of gruesome murders that happened there years ago. All of which will be a big problem when Ky arrives and starts uncovering that nothing is really as it seems on the surface.
And that is really what the show is all about. Jason is a monster who wears his mask openly. The people of Crystal Lake all have monsters inside that they hide with masks of virtue.
Peeling away those masks, uncovering their secrets is the key for Ky to find his brother – and he will do that – or die trying.
We’ll have more updates along the way – including rumored ties between Crystal Lake and its inhabitants and characters that live in another city named after a body of water – a cove known for it blue waters in a place called Delaware.
Steve Mitchell Craig Van Sickle