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Bryan Fuller Has Departed Friday the 13th Prequel Series Crystal Lake

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Friday the 13th prequel series Crystal Lake hasn’t aired a single episode and it already has a body count. The series, set for streaming on Peacock through A24, will no longer have Bryan Fuller—the Hannibal creator who’s no stranger to leaving projects early, including American Gods and Star Trek: Discovery—guiding the summer-camp slaughter.

Fuller broke the news in a post shared to his Instagram and X accounts. “Adapting classic horror is something I have some experience with. These shows require a vision that elevates and transforms, as well as delivers what audiences have come to expect, which is an ambitious and risky endeavor. It requires people to take the leap with me,” he wrote. “When it works, as with Hannibal, the results can be powerful for the storytellers and the audience. I couldn’t be more proud of the work my co-showrunner Jim Danger Gray and I were able to accomplish with our brilliant writing staff despite the challenges we faced.”

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

A report in Variety quotes Fuller’s social media post and characterizes the show’s writer, executive producer, and showrunner as having been “fired from the show due to creative differences.” However, the trade notes there’s still hope for the series itself, citing an unnamed source as confirming “the series order remains in place with hopes to line up a new showrunner as soon as possible.” Also, in contrast to a report last year that Fuller had cast original Friday the 13th star Adrienne King in the series, Variety writes that “production had not begun on the series, nor had any casting taken place.”


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