LeBron James is in talks to produce a reboot of the 'Friday The 13th' franchise

Publish Date
Wednesday, 24 October 2018, 3:36PM

One of the most recognisable faces of the horror movie genre could soon be making a comeback to the silver screen.

And arguably the world's best basketball player is in the running to produce it.

Looking to cash-in on the recent box office success of the new Halloween reboot, LeBron James's production company SpringHill Entertainment is in talks with Vertigo Entertainment to acquire the rights to a new Friday the 13th movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The project is reportedly still in the early stages, and at this point there isn't a writer or director attached to the proposed reboot.

The series had been caught in the middle of a legal battle since the last Friday The 13th movie in 2009, which resulted in the rights to the original script going back to the screenwriter of the 1980 classic, Victor Miller.

The big question that still remains unclear is who owns the rights to the series as a whole and its hockey-mask wearing killer, Jason Voorhees.

Up until this point, James's SpringHill Entertainment company have mostly worked on documentaries, but he and his business manager have wanted to branch out into other areas including feature films, the Daily Mail reports.

The company did land the producing role for the upcoming sequel to Space Jam.

The Los Angeles Lakers star is also taking over the lead role in SJ2, which was played by Michael Jordan in the 1996 original.

There's no doubt the reboot of the 1978 classic Halloween, with original Jamie Lee Curtis back in the fold, is a huge motivation to revive Friday the 13th.

It made a killing at the box office, raking in over $77million during its opening weekend in the US in October. That makes it the biggest money-making debut ever for a horror film with a female lead, and the biggest debut ever for any film with a female lead over 55.

In all, there have been 12 Friday the 13th movies that included the Jason Voorhees character.

This article was first published on dailymail.co.uk and is republished here with permission.

Take your Radio, Podcasts and Music with you