Following the massive success of the latest Halloween this past weekend, it looks like we may be in for a new wave of popular horror reboots. This week we are hearing that a deal is coming together for a brand new Friday the 13th movie (again). Paramount had been trying to get a new installment off the ground for years but last year they quietly cancelled the project. Now the franchise may be changing hands and it sounds like NBA star LeBron James will be one of the unlikely producers. Hit the jump for more info.
According to THR, SpringHill Entertainment and Vertigo Entertainment are in talks to co-produce a new Friday the 13th movie. Vertigo is the company behind the recent It remake, while LeBron James’ SpringHill is working on a handful of projects including a Space Jam sequel. Bloody Disgusting first reported the news and also provided some evidence that LeBron is a huge horror fan.
There is a complication with this potential reboot, however, in that a recent legal ruling found that original Friday the 13th screenwriter Victor Miller can reclaim the rights to the concept 35 years after he granted ownership to producer Sean S. Cunningham. It isn’t entirely clear what that means, partially because an appeal is still expected but also because the character of Jason Voorhees doesn’t appear as a masked killer in the first film. The location Camp Crystal Lake clearly would fall under Miller’s claim. Are you hoping to see a new Friday the 13th movie in the near future?