Basketball megastar and horror fan LeBron James is reportedly in talks to produce a reboot of iconic horror franchise Friday The 13th, according to Bloody Disgusting.
They report that James’ company Springhill Entertainment, which he founded with US businessman Maverick Carter, is in talks with Vertigo Entertainment over a new movie about iconic killer Jason Vorhees.
Vertigo have previously had a hand in the hugely successful remake of Stephen King’s IT, Oscar winning 2006 drama The Departed and The LEGO Movie in 2014.
As well as being arguably the most famous basketball player on earth, James is a noted horror fan, tweeting in 2010: “Friday the 13th! Jason Vorhees is one of my favorites. Still don’t understand how he caught people running and he just walked though.”
Friday the 13th! Jason Vorhees is one of my favorites. Still don't understand how he caught people running and he just walked though.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 13, 2010
— DJ Steph Floss (@djstephfloss) October 31, 2017
He also dressed up as the antagonist of IT, Pennywise the clown for Halloween last year.
This follows a lengthy legal battle over the rights to the film in which original screenwriter Victor Miller won over producers Horror Inc.
Elsewhere, James is set to star in a reboot of the 1996 classic movie Space Jam, filling a role originally played by Michael Jordan.
The sportsman has recruited Black Panther director Ryan Coogler to help produce the film, which his business partner Carter described as “a reboot, not a sequel.”
Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, Carter said: “There’s already been one that was good, we gotta make a film that’s great.”
He also discussed the possibility of Michael Jordan returning, saying “hopefully there will be a role for Michael if he wants it…But Michael Jordan is Michael F****** Jordan. It doesn’t matter [if LeBron] calls him, he’s gonna do what the hell he wants, which he has earned that right to do.”
He added: “LeBron and Michael are not sitting around talking about Space Jam.”