NBA superstar LeBron James is reportedly attached to produce a reboot of Friday the 13th.
According to Bloody-Disgusting, James' SpringHill Entertainment could work in conjunction with Vertigo Entertainment to bring Jason Voorhees back to life. The news comes after original Friday the 13th screenwriter Victor Miller won a lengthy battle against producers Horror, Inc. Although an appeal is under way, it means Miller now holds the rights to the characters and locations from Friday the 13th.
Sean S. Cunningham directed and produced the 1980 original following the success of John Carpenter's Halloween. Despite Jason not being the killer until Friday the 13th Part 2, he has become one of the most famous horror icons of all time. Since then, there have been 10 sequels, a reboot movie, a TV series and various novels based on Miller's work.
Marcus Nispel last tackled Friday the 13th in 2009, but despite being the second-highest grossing film in the series, hopes of a sequel never came to pass. Nispel's movie joined the likes of Samuel Bayer's A Nightmare on Elm Street as critically panned horror reboots. However, pulling in more than $90 million from a $19 million budget, the 2009 reboot at least showed there's money to be made from the long-running legend of Camp Crystal Lake.
Horror remakes have had a resurgence thanks to the likes of Andy Muschietti's It, this year's Halloween and upcoming movies like Pet Sematary. James is a horror fan, having dressed as Pennywise last year and even releasing a line of Friday the 13th sneakers.
Earlier this year, Blumhouse was reportedly eyeing a Friday the 13th reboot, but this is the first report of James being involved with a new era of Jason. With the next movie being the long-awaited thirteenth Friday the 13th movie, it could be lucky for some. Either way, expect to see Jason swinging his machete back onto screens in the near future.