Hollywood must have seen the dump truck full of money Michael Myers made last weekend and thought, “Okay Jason Voorhees, you’re up next – grab your machete and get thee to a spooky summer camp.” Because Friday the 13th is the latest slasher film franchise to get rebooted. And one of the people making it happen is three-time NBA champion LeBron James. Ch-ch-ch what-what-what? Okay sure.
Variety says LeBron’s production company, SpringHill Entertainment, along with Roy Lee of Vertigo Entertainment, are currently in talks to acquire the rights to a new Friday the 13th film. Victor Miller, who wrote the original 1980 Friday the 13th, has regained the rights to the franchise and wants to see another movie made. Since 1980, there have been twelve films, including the so-bad-it’s-good Jason X (aka the one with Jason in space). Variety says the project is still in development, and doesn’t have a writer or a director attached yet, but that it will be a reboot of the original. Damn, I was really hoping for another cheesy, already-dated-sounding sequel, like #Jason or Jason Goes Gluten Free.
Deadline says that LeBron and the rest of the producers have started arranging meetings with possible directors and writers. They add that when Victor Miller regained the rights to the film, he took it to Vertigo Entertainment and SpringHill, who are reportedly taking it to Warner Bros. Paramount was rumored to be working on a Friday the 13th film, but pulled the plug last year after the 2017 film Rings brought in some terrible reviews.
LeBron isn’t totally new to producing. He’s working on a sequel to Space Jam, and producing a remake of House Party. However, Friday the 13th would be the biggest franchise his production company has landed.
As I mentioned before, the Jason movies can be pretty corny. And this most recent Halloween was pretty good, so I’m all for a Friday the 13th reboot. I just hope there’s someone in those preliminary production meetings that’s able to reign LeBron in if he starts throwing out ideas for the latest version of Jason based on his own worst recurring nightmares. No LeBron, you can’t change Camp Crystal Lake to Game 5 of the 2017 NBA Finals, and change Jason’s name to Steph.