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The Friday the 13th reboot we all knew was coming might be produced by LeBron James

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Halloween just changed everything, y’all. Blumhouse’s new entry into the franchise slaughtered the box office this weekend, proving that the slasher genre is, unlike the majority of its ensemble, alive and well. This doesn’t come as much of a surprise, however, as horror has become a reliable commodity in these dark times, when even drek like The Nun is out here breaking box office records. With Michael Myers no doubt returning for another round of slashing, it’s inevitable that another hulking, blade-wielding beast will follow in his wake, likely while wearing a hockey mask.

Bloody Disgusting reports that Vertigo Entertainment, one of the studios behind last year’s blockbuster It, is involved in a potential reboot of the Friday the 13th series. The man helping them bring it to life? NBA superstar LeBron James, who’s apparently “in talks” with the studio to produce.


If you’re arching an eyebrow at the news, rest assured that James is a huge horror fan. Not only did he recently dress up as Pennywise for Halloween, but in 2015 he released a pair of “blood splattered” Friday the 13th sneakers. Bloody Disgusting also dug up the below tweet from 2010.

This wouldn’t be James’ first producing gig, as he’s also attached to both a House Party remake and that long-gestating Space Jam sequel. A Friday the 13th reboot, however, may prove to be a touch more difficult, what the film’s previous revival failing to catch on and plenty of recent legal detritus to sort through in the wake of a lengthy court battle between original screenwriter Victor Miller and producers Horror, Inc.

Still, we’re curious what James’ version would look like, and if it’ll contain the scene of Jason dunking some kid’s head through a basketball hoop that we absolutely know it will.


Randall Colburn is The A.V. Club's Internet Culture Editor. He lives in Chicago, occasionally writes plays, and was a talking head in Best Worst Movie, the documentary about Troll 2.

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