Breaking down everything we've heard about the Friday the 13th prequel series

There are some conflicting reports regarding this Peacock show and we're here to clear them up.
Friday the 13th. Image Courtesy Paramount Pictures, Shudder
Friday the 13th. Image Courtesy Paramount Pictures, Shudder /

A24's "Camp Crystal Lake" prequel series destined for Peacock is reportedly NOT canceled despite reports to the contrary from Hollywood insider Jeff Sneider. On May 6, Sneider ran an article claiming that the series had been axed though it was "unclear whether this is a permanent decision or a temporary one."

But on May 7, horror publication Bloody Disgusting exclusively reported that their sources indicated otherwise, that, in fact, the prequel series is still very much in the works, though it is being retooled. Considering Bloody Disgusting is a well-respected outlet and deeply entrenched in the horror world, I'm more inclined to believe that their sources are correct!

That's good news because I've been looking forward to this prequel series, which is set to expand on the stories of both Jason and his mother Pamela Voorhees. It's been more than 15 years since we've gotten a new Friday the 13th project and this one makes a compelling case for its existence.

Bryan Fuller exits as the showrunner as A24 moves in a different direction

However, there is some disappointing news to share as IndieWire reports that Bryan Fuller and A24 have parted ways. The series is still in development with A24 and Peacock attached, but Fuller posted a statement on his Instagram adding that "for reasons beyond our control, A24 has elected to go a different way with the material."

Bloody Disgusting has heard that Scream scribe Kevin Williamson is on board to write at least one episode and that screenwriter Victor Miller (who penned the original Friday the 13th) will write on the show alongside Fuller. Even the OG final girl Adrienne King is attached in a recurring role!

Sneider has since doubled down on his original reporting saying that he knew there was a story "about the behind-the-scenes on Crystal Lake." He says he gave A24 two days to comment and they didn't, hence why he ran the story.

He believes that the reported "retooling" is evidence the show wasn't working. And he's not entirely wrong as shown by Fuller's exit and A24's plan to change things creatively.

And he doesn't think that a series about Pamela Voorhees is the way to rejuvenate the franchise. On that point, I heartily disagree. It's not just a prequel about Pamela anyway as Jason will also be a significant part.

But I've always been fascinated by Pamela Voorhees and the possibility of a notable female slasher villain. I'd love to see Bryan Fuller's take on the character and think it could provide a unique and refreshing angle to the long-running franchise.

But that's all she wrote for now. Stay tuned for more details on Friday the 13th and all things horror!

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