Noted horror fan and legendary basketball player LeBron James may be getting ready to cross over to the hockey mask for his film entertainment company’s next big feature.
James’ Springhill Entertainment is in talks with producer Roy Lee’s Vertigo Entertainment to revive — in more ways than one, if you think about it — none other than Jason Voorhees for a Friday the 13th reboot, according to Deadline.
The reported talks come as horror continues to show up big at the box office. Get Out and IT had phenomenal theatrical runs last year (with the former even snagging an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay), while A Quiet Place and the rebooted Halloween are keeping up the pace in 2018 among horror films.
The report acknowledges the current success of Halloween in particular, noting that studios’ attitudes toward horror “are now changing in Hollywood with the recent success of Halloween,” even though Paramount Pictures halted a Friday the 13th remake just last year.
Details on the Friday the 13th talks are still light, and reportedly revolve around early meetings between potential writers and directors. Screenwriter Victor Miller reportedly regained the rights to the movie under the reclamation provision of the Copyright Act of 1976, “and took the project to Vertigo and SpringHill so that they could move it through Warner Bros.,” the report notes.
James told ESPN last January that he’s always loved horror flicks, shouting out his affection for Friday the 13th and other classics as he prepared to play a game on the fated date.
“I'm a huge horror fan. I love horror movies,” he said. “Obviously Friday the 13th being Jason Vorhees day, I think it's cool. I remember as a kid on Friday the 13th right when I got home from school, my mother and I, we would just watch horror movie after horror movie after horror movie... But no superstitions besides just having a great respect for some of the great slashers of all time, some of the greatest ones of all time. And Freddy (Krueger), Michael Myers, and Jason Vorhees and Chucky and a couple more.”
Springhill Entertainment already has a handful of mostly sports-themed TV projects under its belt, as well as the feature-length Showtime documentary I Am Giant: Victor Cruz.
The company is branching out a bit with its current roster of in-development TV projects, including a comedy called White Dave and a Stand and Deliver-style inner-city school drama called Lean On Me. Warner Bros. also is reportedly eyeing the three-time championship winner and newly minted L.A. Laker for the lead role in Space Jam 2.
Needless to say, a Friday the 13th reboot would be the most ambitious studio project yet from King James and company. We'll be watching well into overtime for fresh developments, so stay tuned.