Sean Cunningham Discusses New “Friday The 13th” Series; Jason’s Father?

May 17, 20140 Comments

Last month we learned that we were getting a new Friday the 13th TV series that would revolve around Jason Voorhees. We know that the series will have hour long episodes and involve flashbacks of Young Jason and his Mother. Well, director Sean S. Cunnginham (1980’s Friday the 13th) and series producer has opened up to Bloody-Disgusting a little bit about some of the details. Check out the interview below.

We already know the series will tell the story of Pamela and Jason Voorhees in flashbacks. What’s the present day story? It indeed takes place at Crystal Lake. Cunningham elaborates on the mother/son relationship by saying, “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. 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.

But what about one of our favorite protagonists? It looks like Tommy Jarvis might be involved. While Cunningham wouldn’t confirm this detail, he offered with a smile, “I’m sorry. Who? Stay tuned.

One of the real questions we all want to know is what kind of Jason are we getting. Hockey mask Jason? Baghead Jason? Both? Zombie Jason? Cunningham assures us that fans will be more than satisfied, “ Jason Voorhees will be an integral part of the series and he will definitely be ‘in character [laughs]‘. 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 to himself] Baghead Jason!! Gotta love it.” I’m betting we’ll get more than one of these options, personally. Hopefully all of them spaced throughout the series?

How will the series tie in with the films? Is it in canon? It certainly looks like it’s less serial in nature than the old “Friday The 13th” anthology series. Cunningham plays a bit coy on this one. “We’ll have to wait and see! 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.

We might even meet Jason’s father, Elias Voorhees. “Questions about Jason’s father and other characters that haven’t yet been introduced represent both an opportunity and a challenge for the writers. 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!

The show won’t always be set on that date. “At Crystal Lake bad shit can happen any day of the week. 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.

You can expect the show to be BLOODY though. That’s all but guaranteed. “Pushing the envelope has been part of the Friday the 13th legacy, and I don’t expect that to change. 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. Hannibal, American Horror Story, Fargo, True Detective, True Blood, Walking Dead… the list goes on and on. These are series which could not have been done well even ten years ago.

There you go guys. What do you think so far of the Friday the 13th series? I’m excited.

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