LeBron James is in talks to produce a remake of the horror film Friday the 13th.
The professional basketball player’s SpringHill Entertainment and Roy Lee’s Vertigo Entertainment are said to have entered negotiations about acquiring the rights to a new version of the 1980 slasher movie, according to website Bloody Disgusting.
James is said to be a massive fan of the horror genre, and once released Friday the 13th-themed trainers.
In August 2010, he tweeted about how hockey-mask-wearing serial killer Jason Voorhees is one of his most-liked movie characters.
He wrote: “Friday the 13th! Jason Vorhees is one of my favorites. Still don’t understand how he caught people running and he just walked though. (sic)”
Original screenwriter Victor Miller is said to currently hold the U.S. rights to the motion picture. The latest version of the classic film was released in 2009 and featured Derek Mears as Jason.
The Los Angeles Lakers star looks set for a busy time in the movies after recently confirming he and Ryan Coogler will team up to make a Space Jam sequel, a follow-up to the live-action 1996 original, which featured Michael Jordan.
He said: “The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie.
“It’s so much bigger. I’d just love for kids to understand how empowered they can feel and how empowered they can be if they don’t just give up on their dreams. And I think Ryan did that for a lot of people.”
Coogler will produce Space Jam 2, and James is excited about what he will bring to the movie.
He said: “I loved his vision [for Black Panther]. So for Ryan to be able to bring that to kids, it’s amazing.”