After “Halloween” monstered its opening weekend with record box office revenue, horror franchise “Friday the 13th” is getting the reboot treatment ten years after its last release, with a production company owned by star basketballer LeBron James said to be circling the project.
Cult horror movie franchise “Halloween” has scared up a phenomenal USD $77.5m over its opening weekend. Can “Friday the 13th” hope to follow in its footsteps?
Nearly a decade after the franchise’s last entry in 2009, Vertigo Entertainment and SpringHill Entertainment — the latter set up by LeBron James — are in discussions over an acquisition of the “Friday the 13th” saga, according to a report from Bloody Disgusting.
The franchise can trace its history back to the original 1980 “Friday the 13th” movie about summer camp counselors being tracked by a serial killer.
It was not until the third of 12 existing franchise entries, “Friday the 13th Part III,” that the iconic hockey mask motif was added; “Friday the 13th” was released in 2009 but despite an enviable first-weekend performance did not generate any sequels of its own.
Original screenwriter Victor Miller obtained the rights to the franchise in September after a successful lawsuit. Since 2008, LeBron James has racked up producers’ credits on over 20 TV series and documentaries. “Friday the 13th” would be his second feature film credit as a producer, following sci-fi sports comedy adventure “Space Jam 2” in which he has a co-starring role.
The basketball star and philanthropist is known as a fan of the “Friday the 13th” franchise.