Just yesterday we reported that basketball phenom LeBron James was interested in rebooting the Friday the 13th franchise through his SpringHill Entertainment studios. Hours later came confirmation that original Friday scribe Victor Miller, having just won a reversion of rights claim in court, is indeed perusing a reboot, and that SpringHill and Vertigo will be co-producing the project; Vertigo is the same studio that produced 2017’s IT.
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The Hollywood Reporter broke the news, although it’s uncertain if the filing of an intent to appeal by Sean Cunningham, the original Friday the 13th’s director, will complicate negotiations. To be clear, Miller now owns the rights to the first Friday the 13th film only while Cunningham’s Horror, Inc. retains the rights to and all the other films. Who exactly owns grown-up Jason Voorhees remains a matter of possible contention.
Settlements or future legal battles could still occur. Another foil is that the legal decision seems to indicate that Miller will control the rights in the U.S. The producers and Warner Bros., which last made a movie through New Line, control certain international territories.
It’s a sticky situation to say the least, but we’re stoked to see any movement whatsoever when it comes to a new Friday the 13th movie! We’ll keep you posted on all Friday-related news as details emerge. Stay tuned!