The news may come as a surprise, but as reported by Bloody Disgusting, the basketball-played might be taking a trip to Camp Crystal Lake to revive one hockey-masked killer.
As Bloody Disgusting reports, James and Springhill Entertainment are currently in talks with Vertigo Entertainment to produce a reboot to the Friday The 13th franchise, which follows the news of James and co. getting greenlighted for a Space Jam sequel.
While it’s certainly a strange pairing at first glance, the two might actually be a perfect fit.
As a horror fan himself, James isn’t necessarily quiet about his love of Jason Voorhees (remember that time he dropped Friday The 13th-inspired shoes?!), so it might not be a terrible pairing after all.
Of course, he’ll have a long way to go before he can even touch the franchise because it’s still going through some pretty awful (and pretty long) legal battles.
Friday The 13th: the legal battle continues:
If you’ve clicked on this weird piece of news just because it’s a weird piece of news and you haven’t really been following Friday The 13th‘s legal battle, here’s a recap.
Jason hasn’t slashed his way into theaters for quite some time, and there’s a good reason for that: the film has been in an ongoing legal battle for copyright ownership for quite some time, and it appears that it’s going to continue.
As the Hollywood Reporter notes, Victor Miller, the original screenplay writer of the 1980 film, has been in a legal battle with Sean Cunningham, the original director and several of its producers for the creative rights on the project.
In the case, the producers claimed that Miller was a “work-made-for-hire” writer that didn’t come up with the idea. Cunningham allegedly came up with the idea after seeing the success of the 1978 release of Halloween.
While Cunningham and company claimed Miller had no creative rights to the project, the U.S. District Court ruled in favor of Miller, who now has won the copyrights of the cult-classic horror film.
But that doesn’t mean the battle is over.
Per a report from Bloody Disgusting, and noted by entertainment lawyer Larry Zerner, Cunningham was given until Oct. 31 to file an appeal against the ruling.
This appeal, Zerner explained in a tweet, was a Notice of Appeal against the ruling, which would delay the process even longer: “Sean has until October 31 (irony alert) to file a Notice of Appeal. If no Notice is filed, then they made a deal. If not, the fight continues (for now).”
With the notice filed, the two parties are still going to be in a legal battle for the rights of the franchise.
The original film was released in 1980, with an entire series of films coming after the initial release, including the most recent, Friday The 13th, released in 2009.