“It was darker than we wanted it to be”
Television is becoming a juggernaut of entertainment once again, with shows like Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead ruling the world, many studios are looking to adapt existing properties for the small screen. We’ve seen the likes of Evil Dead and soon The Exorcist hitting television, but it looks like Friday the 13th won’t be joining them.
Last year CW announced that Friday the 13th was in their plans for the future, but recent reports from Entertainment Weekly suggest that the series has since had the plug pulled based on it’s pilot episode. CW president Mark Pedowitz stated that the network “had better pilots” and that Friday the 13th would not be moving ahead with the product, as it was darker in tone than what they were expecting. He went on to say:
“The bottom line is we felt we had stronger things to go with, and we didn’t go forward with it. It was well-written, it was darker than we wanted it to be, and we didn’t believe it had sustainability… We didn’t believe that it was a sustainable script, a sustainable series. It was a very good pilot, but not a sustainable series.”
Of course, Jason never really dies so whether or not the season will be picked up by another network is unclear at the moment. Allegedly the series was set to follow a detective as he shared for his long lost brother. Naturally, this would lead him to Camp Crystal Lake where Jason would materialise. The episodes were described as “sophisticated crime thrillers, grounded in reality”. The series also looked set to take a note out of the upcoming movie reboot’s book by exploring the Voorhees family.
The description of the series certainly sounded promising, so it’s disappointing that it may never see the light of day. In the mean time we can look forward to the next Friday the 13th movie which is scheduled to hit cinemas October 13th, 2017.
Source – EW