In 1980, the first “Friday the 13th” movie was released. It tells the legend of Jason Voorhees, a boy who drowned at Camp Crystal Lake where decades later is now considered cursed. The camp and its lake became the setting for a series of murders that went on for 11 more movies. The last movie of the franchise was 2009’s “Friday the 13th” considered a reboot of the series. It however received negative reviews with critics saying the movie added nothing new to the franchise.
That’s where NBA star LeBron James steps in. Vertigo Entertainment, who produced the recent “IT” film, and LeBron James’ own SpringHill Entertainment are in talks to acquire the rights to a new “Friday the 13th” movie.
In 2010, the Basketball megastar talked about his love for horror and the Friday the 13th franchise tweeting; “Friday the 13th! Jason Voorhees is one of my favorites. Still don’t understand how he caught people running and he just walked though.” He also dressed up as Pennywise the Clown for Halloween last year.
Although James and Vertigo are already in talks with producing the film, the project is still in its early development. There is still no writer or director attached. In the meantime, James is set to star in a reboot of the 1996 classic “Space Jam”, filling a role originally played by Michael Jordan. The NBA star recruited “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler to help produce the film.