This is an unexpected pairing. Bloody Disgusting reports that NBA superstar LeBron James and his Springhill Entertainment production company label are currently in talks with Vertigo Entertainment to produce a reboot of the “Friday the 13th” franchise.
The news comes hot on the heels of the stunning $77 million domestic opening for rival classic slasher franchise “Halloween” from Blumhouse. That company’s chief Jason Blum has long expressed a desire to revive the “Friday the 13th” franchise but seemingly isn’t involved.
Instead, it’s Vertigo who produced last year’s “IT” along with “The Ring” and “The Grudge” franchises and is now looking at directors and writers. James, who is already attached to produce the “Space Jam” sequel, is a huge horror fan and has released Friday the 13th-themed sneakers in the past.
What’s not clear is how or when. The franchise has been caught in a legal quagmire for much of this year, though that cleared up a little the other week when it was announced that the original film’s screenwriter Victor Miller won a summary judgment against the producers (who are appealing) which grant Miller U.S. rights to the property.
Ten films were produced in the “Friday the 13th” series, along with “Freddy vs. Jason,” before the property was rebooted in 2009 – and has laid dormant ever since. That first reboot, which starred Jared Padalecki (“Supernatural”) and Danielle Panabaker (“The Flash”), made $91 million worldwide on a $19 million budget.