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LeBron James May Be Taking Over the ‘Friday the 13th’ Franchise

Basketball star is moving into the movie business with potential deal and lead role in new 'Space Jam'

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Even when his basketball career inevitably comes to an end, we will still be seeing plenty of LeBron James.

Currently playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, the 33-year-old athlete is edging more and more into the movie business.

He is currently set to lead a new version of “Space Jam,” which is being produced by Ryan Coogler (“Black Panther,” “Creed”).

The original “Space Jam,” a Looney Tunes mix of animation and live action, starred basketball legend Michael Jordan — and it earned over $200 million worldwide.

In addition to “Space Jam,” James is also reportedly looking to help produce a reboot of another beloved franchise.

Popular horror movie website Bloody Disgusting is reporting that James’ company, Springhill Entertainment, is currently in talks with Vertigo Entertainment to produce a new installment in the popular “Friday the 13th” franchise.

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“Friday the 13th” is one of the most popular horror franchises in the world. The films follow fictional serial killer Jason Voorhees (pictured above right), a disfigured man who covers his face with a hockey mask and terrorizes guests at Camp Crystal Lake with a machete.

There have been 12 movies so far in the “Friday the 13th” franchise; the last was released in 2009.

The franchise is currently dealing with rights issues, but those are expected to clear up soon. And with the success of the new “Halloween,” producers are no doubt eager to revive another popular horror franchise.

While James’ taking over “Friday the 13th” seems random, the basketball star has actually been a huge fan of the franchise for years.

He previously released “Friday the 13th”-inspired sneakers and even once dressed as Voorhees while driving.

“‘Friday the 13th!’ Jason Voorhees is one of my favorites. Still don’t understand how he caught people running and he just walked though,” he wrote on Twitter about the movies in 2010.

On top of his years of basketball and his blooming film career, LeBron James has been incredibly outspoken politically. He has criticized President Donald Trump on many occasions and even supported Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

Trump bit back at James at one point on Twitter and said he preferred Michael Jordan to the current Lakers star.

“Lebron James was just interviewed by the dumbest man on television, Don Lemon. He made LeBron look smart, which isn’t easy to do. I like Mike!” the president tweeted in August.

The tweet referred to an interview James gave to CNN’s Don Lemon, in which he said he would never “sit across” from the president.

For more on LeBron James’ possibly taking over the “Friday the 13th” franchise, check out the video below:

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