Jason Voorhees may be relentless, but the Friday The 13th and Little Women reboots have been quickly stopped in their tracks and buried.
Entertainment Weekly reports that The CW has decided to pass on the Little Women reboot and Friday The 13th reboot/spinoff series Crystal Lake Chronicles.
The CW’s Little Women reboot was described as “a hyper-stylized, gritty adaptation” of Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 novel in which the March sisters “band together in order to survive the dystopic streets of Philadelphia.” The gritty take on Little Women was similar in tone to what The CW was aiming for with Crystal Lake Chronicles. While Friday The 13th will not be coming to TV anytime soon, all 72 episodes of the late ’80s Friday The 13th: The Series are available to watch in order to get your Jason Voorhees TV fix.
At the TCAs The CW president Mark Pedowitz spoke to press and critics about the network’s decision to pass on the reboots.
“We had better pilots. The bottom line is we felt we had stronger things to go with, and we didn’t go forward with it,” said Pedowitz about Crystal Lake Chronicles. “It was well-written, it was darker than we wanted it to be, and we didn’t believe it had sustainability … We didn’t believe that it was a sustainable series.”
On the Little Women reboot Pedowitz said, “The script just couldn’t get there. That happens. It just did not get there. We didn’t go forward and develop it again.”
Considering the number of reboots/remakes showing up on television this season (MacGyver, Lethal Weapon, and The Exorcist) it is a bit of a relief to see a network showing some restraint.