While the new Halloween movie scares up box office records, now comes a new report that claims a reboot of the Friday the 13th horror franchise is coming, and it’s being backed by an unexpected source. According to Bloody Disgusting, NBA superstar LeBron James’ production company SpringHill Entertainment is in talks to buy the rights to a new Friday the 13th movie. The Departed producer Roy Lee’s Vertigo Entertainment is also attached.
According to reports, the writer of the 1980 original Friday the 13th movie, Victor Miller, recently renegotiated to get the rights back. The new film is reportedly on in the very early stages of development, but it’s expected to bring back masked killer Jason Voorhees, of course. There are no further plot details available at this stage, however.
Friday the 13th! Jason Vorhees is one of my favorites. Still don’t understand how he caught people running and he just walked though.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 13, 2010
The most recent Friday the 13th movie, simply titled Friday the 13th, was released in 2009. There were a number of sequels before that as well.
In 2010, before LeBron James had even started a media company, he tweeted about how much he enjoyed Jason Voorhees as a character. Specifically, James said he was flabbergasted by how Jason was able to kill so many people even though he walks very slowly in the early movies.
James’ company is making moves in Hollywood, as this news about Friday the 13th follows the announcement that SpringHill is bringing back Space Jam. Black Panther director Ryan Coogler is set to produce the new Space Jam starring James in the lead role.