“SPACE JAM 2” DRAFTS AN ALL-STAR TO THE TEAM
BLACK PANTHER DIRECTOR RYAN COOGLER TO PRODUCE SPACE JAM 2
LeBron James is no stranger to Hollywood, especially since his new team is directly in it. In what may had been a forgotten announcement, James has been on record about producing (and starring) in a follow-up to Space Jam. The film has been in development since 2016, with speculation going back and forth on the upcoming film being a reboot or a direct sequel. Some positive news has emerged from James’ company SpringHill Entertainment, as he just landed Ryan Coogler as producer of Space Jam 2.
Yes, the reunion of Warner Bros, Looney Tunes and the NBA will actually be a direct sequel to the 1996 film (which starred Michael Jordan). Other than possibly waiting for a creative the caliber of Coogler to join, development actually stalled due to James’ active player status in the NBA. With his recent move to the Lakers, however, James will have more time for his media related endeavors. Ryan Coogler will join director Terence Nance (Random Acts of Flyness), with James serving as star and executive producer.
Providing the update, James released this statement through The Hollywood Reporter:
“The ‘Space Jam’ collaboration is so much more than just me and the ‘Looney Tunes’ getting together and doing this movie,” says James, “It’s so much bigger. I’d just love for kids to understand how empowered they can feel and how empowered they can be if they don’t just give up on their dreams. And I think Ryan did that for a lot of people.”
Seeing as how James will now be stationed in L.A. and both a director and amazing producer are now on board, Space Jam 2 looks to move forward full speed ahead. Filming is actually slated for 2019, so James may start the filming right after the NBA season.
Now that it looks to be moving forward, is Space Jam 2 something you look forward to? Or should the franchise have stayed retired like Michael Jordan?