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Crystal Lake - What We Know So Far

Jason Voorhees is back — at least, in some form. According to Deadline, Peacock has put in a straight-to-series order for a series called "Crystal Lake," which is being pitched as a prequel to the iconic slashers of the "Friday the 13th" movies.

While this is the first "Friday the 13th" TV series that is linked to the films' characters and narratives, this won't be the first adaptation to hit the small screen, as the much-forgotten "Friday the 13th: The Series" ran for three seasons on first-run syndication from 1987 to 1990 (via IMDb). That show, however, centered on an antique shop with various cursed items and did not feature Jason or any other character from the film franchise.

"Crystal Lake" be the first chance that a studio like A24 has to leave a mark on the universe of "Friday the 13th." This is a studio that has made a name for itself in recent years for its indie, fresh, and unique take on horror fare, as its projects, from "The Witch" to "Midsommar" to the recently rave-reviewed "X" and "Pearl," reflect.

Most details for the series are being kept tightly under wraps. There is, as yet, no trailer. Nor are there any cast details to whet our horror whistles. Generally, details are scant, but a few tidbits of info give us a sense of what to expect from "Crystal Lake."

When will Crystal Lake be released?

At this point, there is no official release date for "Crystal Lake." Given that it has only just been given the green light, there is also no news on cast, number of episodes, or anything like that. We do know that, at the very least, Bryan Fuller will be among the writers for the show. Fuller is a well-known name in television, and has been in the writers room for a wide array of projects, most notably on several "Star Trek" shows such as "Deep Space Nine" and "Voyager." He is also perhaps best-known as the creator of "Star Trek: Discovery." 

That said, Fuller also has a solid pedigree in horror. He wrote the screenplay for NBC's 2002 television adaptation of "Carrie," and he was also the writer, developer, and executive producer for another horror icon's backstory: NBC's "Hannibal." Most recently, Fuller produced the four-part Shudder documentary "Queer for Fear: The History of Queer Horror." 

Fuller is also involved in "Crystal Lake" in other ways. More on that in a bit. In the meantime ...

What is the plot of Crystal Lake?

Given that "Crystal Lake" is being specifically billed as a prequel series, it seems reasonable to surmise that "Crystal Lake" will serve as an origin story for the big bad Jason Voorhees.

Jason's mother Pamela (Betsy Palmer) — who famously does all the killing in the very first movie — also provides us with some details about Jason that can help us glean a bit more information about what to expect from the series. According to Pamela, Jason drowned in 1959 due to the negligence of teenage counselors at Camp Crystal Lake, after which Mrs. Voorhees killed them both.

In other words, it seems reasonable to guess that "Crystal Lake" will be the "Friday the 13th" answer to A&E's "Bates Motel," not only acquainting us with how a young boy becomes a vicious killer, but with the role his own messed-up mother plays in shaping him, too. As to who will play who, or the specific series of events, this remains unknown.

Who is showrunning Crystal Lake?

Bryan Fuller has been listed not only as a writer, but also showrunner and executive producer for "Crystal Lake." This means that his specific touch will be all over this series. And it sounds like he's had thoughts about Jason's origins kicking around his head for some time. "I discovered Friday the 13th in the pages of Famous Monsters magazine when I was 10 years old," said Fuller in the press release, "and I have been thinking about this story ever since."

Also announced as executive producers next to Fuller are Victor Miller, writer of the original "Friday the 13th" screenplay, and Rob Barsamian, one of the original film's producers. This will mark the first time the two have collaborated on a "Friday the 13th" story since the very beginning of the films. In fact, Miller and Barsamian have been at loggerheads in recent years, embroiled in a legal battle over who exactly created and owns the character of Jason Voorhees. Intellectual property attorney Marc Toberoff, who helped resolve matters, is also listed as EP.

Where to watch all the Friday the 13th movies

This could get to be a rather long list, given that at this point there's a full dozen of them. Granted, these vary drastically in quality, but there are worse ways to make sure you have all your lore straight before watching "Crystal Lake."

According to Business Insider, the "Friday the 13th" films are divided up between AMC Plus and HBO Max. The lion's share of the films is on AMC Plus, with the first eight — from "Friday the 13th" through "Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan" — on there. "Jason Goes to Hell," the "Nightmare on Elm Street" crossover "Freddy vs. Jason," and 2009's attempt to reboot the franchise, are all available to stream on HBO Max. Just about all of them are available to rent or buy through Amazon, Vudu, or YouTube — except for "Friday the 13th Part VI," which is strangely absent from Amazon.

The only film in the series that is not available to stream as part of a subscription service is 2001's "Jason X." It is still available to purchase through Amazon and the like, but given that this is the one where Jason got a weird and ill-conceived cyborg upgrade, perhaps this one is better left off the list.