It looks like LeBron James found something even scarier than the house of horrors that is the Los Angeles Lakers’ roster to get himself involved with.
According to rumors, James isn’t just slashing his way to the basket at Staples Center.
He’ll also have a hand in the revival of one of the most genre-defining flicks in the slasher movie genre, “Friday the 13th.”
And no, “The King” won’t be playing the black Jason Voorhees, no matter how horrifying it is to consider a 6-foot-9, 275-pound monster of a man wielding a long, sharp knife. But he will be acting as executive producer.
Meanwhile, his plans are still very much in place to star as the sidekick in the hotly-anticipated Bugs Bunny sequal “Space Jam 2.”
Fans of the “Friday” series will be delighted to learn that James is, as the nerds say, “one of us.” as he knows his way around the horror genre, something he proved in a tweet way 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.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) August 13, 2010
And he’s since reinforced his bona fides, driving his car in a Jason mask on Instagram:
The original screenwriter for the classic films, Victor Miller, just won a major court battle with producers Horror, Inc. in which Miller regained the U.S. rights to the story, locations and characters.
With James backing of Miller — along with the NBA star’s decision to join the Lakers looking more and more like he’s preparing for a life after basketball as a Hollywood mover and shaker — this could prove to be a well-funded, well-produced, and slick reboot of the original cabin-in-the-woods horror universe.
It’s not just “Friday the 13th” LeBron is into either. He’s got a whole collection of pieces to show off his love of horror.
Like his Pennywise costume from Stephen King’s “It” that he rocked last Halloween:
Or his Friday the 13th-themed sneakers, custom versions of Nike’s LeBron 13 shoes.
Regardless of your opinion of James as a basketball player or the Lakers as a team, it’s hard not to look at a genuine fan of a franchise having control over the reins, sure to deliver with great care a massive love letter to the fans.
And don’t worry, kids, “Space Jam 2” is still very much a go; NBA Twitter could spend months deciding which players get to be the Monstars.
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