Silver screen intrigues Jermaine

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LOS ANGELES -- If Jermaine O'Neal's mother knew what kind of movies her son was funding, she'd be, well, horrified.

O'Neal is serving as co-producer for a Los Angeles company that has two scary flicks in the works.

"When we were kids, my mom never let us out on Halloween to trick or treat," O'Neal said with a laugh. "She thought that it was celebrating the devil. So I missed out on that. But I did sneak out to see some of those movies."

The first film, titled David, is due out next year.

"It's about a doll who drives a family crazy," O'Neal said. "It's the kind of film that's a throwback to the '80s that terrified people. You'll be wondering about things that go bump in the night and be frightened about someone cutting the lights."

The second film is My Place In The Horror, with details to come.

O'Neal also has given some consideration to acting.

"He has received some offers, but I don't want to say from whom," O'Neal's business manager Deddrick Faison said. "All this past summer was spent getting into shape from his knee injury, so there wasn't a lot of time he could devote to other things. Once he gets into Toronto and gets settled, we might look again. But he has dabbled in the entertainment industry before."

O'Neal once financed a recording studio and served as its CEO in part to support some childhood friends' business venture. But he cut ties when his enthusiasm for the project began to wane.


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