After the (temporary) conclusion of the saga Halloween, very recently, it’s another immortal slasher that now resurfaces to deliver some new kills. We had wind of very possible return of Friday 13, a few months ago and according to the words of producer Roy Lee, but it was very difficult to be sure of anything in view of the legal imbroglio in which the franchise had gotten stuck. Finally, it is during the Halloween festivities that the Peacock streaming platform has announced a prequel series, titled Crystal Lake, in partnership with A24.
If it may seem disappointing that thirteen years after the first part of the saga, we are not finally promised the thirteenth film (all the stars were aligned, however!), this is however not without reason. The film rights to the franchise still belong to New Line, making production of a new feature film impossible at this time.and this, in spite of the efforts of Victor Miller (scriptwriter of the first Friday 13) and his lawyers. It is therefore on the side of the television side that it will be necessary to count to find the killer in the hockey mask.
Little has yet been revealed about Crystal Lakeexcept that it will take place before the events of all the films Friday 13. A project that might not be totally opportunistic when you know that Victor Miller never liked the fact that Jason became the saga’s official killer instead of his mother and that, in any case, his adult character still belongs to Sean Cunningham, the franchise’s second flagship screenwriter. Miller will therefore perhaps have the opportunity to finally reinvest his mythology and even to reinvent everything from scratch.
A hypothesis that becomes even more likely when we take into account the comments of Bryan Fuller, designated showrunner for the series. He confided in the podcast Kingcast of Fangoria and answered a few questions, being very confident about the project:
” It seems to me less a prequel than a… pre-remake-uel. […] The reactions were very positive, but we also had our share of unhappy people. This is nothing new for me! I experienced the same thing when Hannibal was announced. […] Part of me relaxes, folds my arms, and just says, “Wait and see.” »
Reassuring words, especially since they come from the very competent creator of the series Hannibal. A perfect example of a successful reincarnation for a cult movie killer, which restores faith in the whole enterprise of Peacock and A24. Will this homecoming be an unprecedented opportunity for Fuller and Miller to reconstruct the myth of Friday 13 and to deploy completely new ideas, instead of a simple repetition?
We can imagine it, even hope for it, but for the moment we will have to be more patient. Bryan Fuller has tried as best he can to say as little as possible about what we can expect, if only a comeback of the character of Pamela Voorhes and a slew of murders in almost every episode. Interesting prospects, therefore, while waiting for an exit window for Crystal Lake.
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