Jason Vorhees is returning… as he seems to always do. Only this time, it’s to our TV screens.
Deadline are reporting that The CW will be home to one of cinema’s greatest killers, Jason Voorhees (Arrow Vs Jason, anyone?!).
They are reporting that The Pretender creators Steven Long Mitchell and Craig W Van Sickle are developing the show: “I don’t think we really wanted to do a show about a guy with a machete chasing girls in tube tops,” says Mitchell.
“We couldn’t do that on a weekly basis… So what ends up happening is, a cop comes into town, looking for his brother. He realizes his brother was there searching into the past murders, and realizes that his personal story is tied into Jason’s personal story.”
He goes into the bones of the series, which sounds very post-modern, indeed: “What we’re going to do is basically acknowledge that the people came to this town after these killings happened and they made all these movies. And now the town has a stigma. Our show is, ‘Here’s the true story. Here’s the real story of Jason.’ It’s been taken and exploited. So we have the young crowd who doesn’t know who he is except for what they’ve seen in the movies. The older crowd is afraid of him. We have a lot of people who have scars from him. The underlying thematic of the whole thing is that Jason is a monster in this town. He openly wears a mask. But everybody in this town wears a mask. Underneath those is the monster.”
Wait, so the movies have been made and are based on the ACTUAL events, which the series will delve into? Well, it’s certainly a fresh take on the story.
Jason and The CW seems like a fairly natural fit, we’re wondering how hardcore this show can get though… but we’re looking forward to finding out.