Jason (Ted White) does his best Norman Bates' impression in "Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter" (1984).
Rumors have been swirling about the upcoming "Friday the 13th" television show. Now, the man who helped create one of horror's most iconic franchise villains is speaking up.
Sean S. Cunningham brought the original "Friday the 13th" (1980) to the Silver Screen, and now he will serve as an executive producer for the T.V. show. In an interview with Bloody Disgusting, Cunningham talks turkey.
Jason and his mommy WILL both appear in the show?
"It's premature to say how the stories will involve the Pamela/Jason relationship but we have some very exciting ideas of what we'd like the show to be and some new themes we're going to include," said Cunningham. "But that's all hush hush at the moment. I can say the show does take place in Crystal Lake and Jason will most certainly let his presence be known."
Will fan-fav Tommy Jarvis be in the mix?
"I'm sorry," Cunningham asks with a smile. "Who? Stay tuned."
Jason Voorhees was MIA in the original T.V. show. What about now?
"Jason Voorhees will be an integral part of the series and he will definitely be 'in character [laughs]'," said Cunningham. "As we wrestle with the passage of time a new issue became how did Jason age? Did he age at all or is he the same as he was back in the day Fortunately our special effects team led by Bill Basso, Jordu Schell and Roy Knyrim are on the case. Their work is amazing and the end result is both disturbing and fitting with the story we're hoping to tell. We will be releasing more information around Comic-Con. [laughing] Baghead Jason!! Gotta love it."
Will the show tie into the films?
"We'll have to wait and see," Cunningham exclaimed. "I don't want to be cute, but that's one of the core issues which will define us. How can we balance all that's gone before with something new and pertinent today? But we are certainly not turning our back on what fans know and love about Friday the 13th."
Daddy Voorhees? Really?
"Questions about Jason's father and other characters that haven't yet been introduced represent both an opportunity and a challenge for the writers," said Cunningham. "Learning more about Jason's father would certainly qualify as a great opportunity. And to put the record straight, those stories that have been floating around about Jason and Pamela and a virgin birth are just so wrong!"
Friday THE 13th?
"At Crystal Lake bad shit can happen any day of the week," said Cunningham. "It's the people and the world around Crystal Lake who create this perfect storm, if you will. Unity of time and place and action are the basic principles of dramatic structure. So limiting the time period of our stories helps everything structurally, but we're not going to insist on everything taking place in a single day."
What can the fans expect?
"Pushing the envelope has been part of the Friday the 13th legacy, and I don't expect that to change," Cunningham explained. "It's a great time for us... We're at a place where we can actually do a series which satisfies fan expectations and, more importantly, will allow us to tell stories which can attract an even wider audience. The filters on violence and sex and language which used to exist in network television are quickly disappearing. There is a tremendous appetite for well-told stories, regardless of how horrifying the themes may be."
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