Kyrie Irving is taking his talents back to the big screen, and this time, he’s wearing multiple hats, as he has signed on to executive produce and star in a new horror film inspired by a popular NBA team hotel in Oklahoma City.
According to Variety, Irving has joined forces with Imagine Entertainment to bring the infamous stories of the “haunted” Oklahoma hotel, to life.
The Skirvin Hotel, which is frequented by traveling NBA teams, opened in 1911 and has since been deemed a historic landmark on the National Register of Historic Places. However, throughout its existence, many stars who have stayed at the hotel have opened up about the haunting experience, while others have declined to even stay at the historic site because of its reputation.
In fact, in 2010, according to The Blast, the New York Knicks stayed at the hotel and said strange noises kept them up all night, which led to their loss to OKC. In another instance, the Chicago Bulls once claimed doors slammed shut on their own at the hotel, and the late Craig Sager even spent a night in the hotel to investigate the paranormal stories. But now, thanks to his own experiences in the haunted hotel, Irving is looking to bring the horror story to life through “satire, wit and social commentary inspired by the folklore of the Skirvin Hotel.”
“Having had my own interesting experiences at the Skirvin Hotel, I connected with this idea immediately,” Irving said of the project. “To work with Brian Grazer is a dream come true, and I’m excited to bring this project to life with the Imagine Entertainment team.”
According to the publication, the hauntings are said to have begun in the 1930s after the hotel’s owner had an affair with a chambermaid, which ultimately resulted in her tragic death.