Basketball star LeBron James is teaming up with Black Panther director Ryan Coogler to produce Space Jam 2, a follow-up to 1996 Michael Jordan starrer basketball hit featuring the Looney Tunes cartoon characters.
LeBron James’s production company SpringHill Entertainment and his business partner Maverick Carter’s company, shared the news by tweeting out a cartoon image of a changing room with lockers for James, Bugs Bunny, Coogler and Terence Nance, who will direct the film.
— SpringHill Ent. (@SpringHillEnt) September 19, 2018
The film is expected to hit the screens during the 2019 NBA off-season, and there are rumours that the basketball legend Jordan himself could be involved.
According to ESPN, James and Carter have been in talks to make a new Space Jam film for more than five years. SpringHill signed an agreement with Warner Brothers, which owns the Space Jam rights, in 2015.
James, who has previously praised Coogler for his work on Black Panther, a Marvel blockbuster featuring a primarily black cast and a black superhero.
The new movie, according to several reports, will not be a sequel to the original 1996 film, which starred Michael Jordan, as well as several other NBA stars alongside the Looney Toons cast and grossed $375 million worldwide – more than double any other basketball movie has earned.
“I loved his vision,” James told The Hollywood Reporter of Coogler. “So for Ryan to be able to bring that to kids, it’s amazing.”
“The ‘Space Jam’ collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie,” he continued. “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.”