LeBron James, dunker of basketballs and drinker of Gatorade, is starting to shift his sights on Hollywood. The man is currently attached to the long-awaited Space Jam 2, but it looks like his Hollywood ambitions won’t be ending there. According to a report from Bloody Disgusting, James is in talks with Vertigo Entertainment to produce a Friday the 13th reboot along with his Springhill Entertainment production company.
It really can’t be ignored that this comes directly after Halloween slashed its way to the top of the box office last weekend, taking in over $77 million in revenue. This not only makes it the most successful opening in its own franchise, but the second most successful horror opening of all time, behind IT, which hit a whole new level of mainstream last year.
While there is currently no release date or details surrounding this reboot, this comes nearly one decade after the Marcus Nispel-directed Friday the 13th reboot hit back in 2009. That film was less than well received by critics, but it managed a hefty sum of $91.4 million at the box office — a far cry better than its contemporary Halloween reboot and its sequel Halloween II.
Is LeBron James the right producer to reboot this franchise? Honestly, who knows? The outlet states James is a huge horror fan, and if he is one can assume he’ll devote some of his enthusiasm to making sure the right people are behind the camera, so we’ll see where that gets him. It’s an unexpected choice to be sure, though.
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SOURCE: Bloody Disgusting