‘Friday the 13th’ Prequel Series ‘Crystal Lake’ Coming to Peacock

Some excited news broke on Halloween that a Friday the 13th prequel series, Crystal Lake, is in development from Bryan Fuller (Hannibal) and A24 (Midsommar, X) for Peacock.

The show will be written by Fuller, who will also serve as an executive producer and showrunner, with the series produced under the A24 banner, as first reported by Variety, where the project is described only as an “expanded prequel”.  Victor Miller, who wrote the original 1980 film in the franchise, will also executive produce along with Marc Toberoff, Rob Barsamian, and A24.

“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,” Fuller said. “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.”

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.”

The Friday the 13th franchise has been caught in a lengthy court case in recent years, with Miller and his attorney Toberoff attempting to obtain the rights to the original film’s screenplay for Miller. The Second Circuit Court of Appeals ruled in Miller’s favor in 2021, giving him the U.S. rights and non-exclusive foreign rights to the screenplay. According to Variety, by bringing in Barsamian, the project has access to all of the other elements from the films throughout the franchise.

This means that an adult Jason Voorhees, who did not appear in Miller’s original script and later debuted on screen in Part 2, first putting on the infamous hockey mask in Part 3, could possibly appear in the new series at some point.

Stay tuned for more updates on the new Crystal Lake series, as we continue to cover this relaunch of the iconic franchise.

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Matt Artz

Founded Halloween Daily News in 2012 and the Halloween International Film Festival in 2016. Professional writer/journalist/photographer since 2000.