One of the iconic horror franchises to find its way to the big screen in the 1980s was “Friday the 13th” and the Jason Voorhees films. The franchise began as a ripoff and pseudo-commentary on “Psycho” but quickly became known for killing off teens at an unprecedented pace. High body counts, young victims, and sex all became as integral to the franchise as its primary antagonist, the hockey mask-wearing Voorhees. However, the series has been dormant since 2009 on the big screen. However, LeBron James may be on board to help produce the latest version.
According to Bloody Disgusting, the famed basketball player has been in talks to produce a new film in the franchise. He is currently in talks with Vertigo Entertainment to make the film a reality, helping to resurrect one of his favorite franchises. Bloody Disgusting also pulled a tweet from LeBron back from 2010, where he praised the franchise as one of his favorites.
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
While there’s still a ways to go before this film gets made, it feels like its time to return. “Halloween” just destroyed the box office to the tune of $77 million dollars last weekend. Add in the fact that the latest murder spree for Jason would actually be the 13th film in the franchise, and it feels perfect. This could be another fun slasher to return to theaters, especially if James can make it happen. With the potential “Friday the 13th” and “Space Jam 2” in production, it’s clear the move to L.A. has been beneficial for James.