In a welcome surprise of horror news, A24 and Hannibal showrunner Bryan Fuller are teaming up for a Friday the 13th prequel series titled Crystal Lake, which will stream on NBCUniversal streaming service Peacock.
When the news broke yesterday, there needed to be more clarity around what the series would be about, legally, what material from the Friday the 13th film franchise Fuller would be allowed to use, be that characters, locations or references. But thanks to an exclusive article and interview with Fuller at Fangoria, much of this has been cleared up.
Asking about the rumours circling over the past 24 hours straight out the gate, Fangoria asked what Fuller could use in the series, and he answered bluntly.
“Everything. We can use everything. We can go to Hell, and we can go to space. That’s not to say that we will do those things … although if we do go ten seasons, I will be lobbying hard to go to space.”
What’s most interesting is he clarifies that it was the because they’re creating a series that they can get the rights to use everything under the Friday the 13th umbrella.
“As a streaming series, we have the rights to do everything underneath the Friday the 13th umbrella. The movie rights are a completely different thing. They are tied up at New Line and are super, super messy and probably won’t be untangled anytime soon, but as far as us chickens in the television industry, uh, roost, we have access to anything and everything that Friday the 13th has done up until this point.”
The interview is full of other exciting nuggets, including Fuller describing the series as a “pre-remake-uel,” while not disclosing what that means and saying that there’s no reason to count Jason out of the series.
The last entry in the Friday the 13th franchise was the 2009 film simply titled Friday the 13th, which was supposed to give the franchise a kick into gear again but failed to do well with critics or fans.