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Bryan Fuller Exits ‘Friday The 13th’ Prequel Series Crystal Lake; Search For New Showrunner Underway

Whatever's happening with the Friday the 13th prequel series, Bryan Fuller will no longer be a part of the project moving forward. Following conflicting reports about whether the project had been canceled, Fuller has confirmed that he's now off the project due to A24 wanting to go in a different direction.

“For reasons beyond our control, A24 has elected to go a different way with the material,” Fuller wrote. “We hope the final product will be something Friday the 13th fans all over the world will enjoy.”

As we previously reported, Fuller’s prequel series, titled Crystal Lake, had scored a straight-to-series order at Peacock in 2022, with A24 as the studio. Fuller was to serve as writer, executive producer and showrunner, with Victor Miller, who wrote the original screenplay of the 1980 movie, Marc Toberoff, Miller’s copyright attorney, and Rob Barsamian, who produced the original movie, also exec producing.

The original Friday the 13th movie, which starred Betsy Palmer, Adrienne King, Laurie Bartram and Kevin Bacon, follows a group of teenage camp counselors who are murdered at summer camp.

Palmer plays Mrs. Vorhees who initially kills a pair of counselors in 1959 at Camp Crystal Lake after her son, Jason, supposedly drowned, before going on a murder spree in 1979 when a group tries to reopen the camp. Jason turns up at the end to attempt to kill King’s Alice after she killed his murderous mother.

It was directed by Sean Cunningham..

The Peacock series order followed a legal battle between Miller, Toboroff and Barsamian.

The legal case, which was decided by the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals and you can read here, saw Miller win the rights to the character that he created after a copyright termination battle. The producers of the original film – Horror Inc., which includes Barsamian, had argued that Miller’s involvement was work for hire but a judge ruled that it wasn’t. The case cleared the way for Miller to license a prequel series.

I wonder if Bryan is no longer part of the prequel because of the lawsuit filed by Queer For Fear series producer Samuel Wineman accused Fuller of sexual harassment?

I loved Bryan's take on Hannibal Lecter with his underrated Hannibal series, and I was definitely curious to see what his take on the Friday the 13th lore would look like.

I also don't think people care enough to see a series about Pamela Voorhees, since Friday the 13th has pretty much centered around the popularity of her son Jason.

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