LeBron James is star in the sequel to the Michael Jordan-Bugs Bunny hit Space Jam, and Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler will work with him on this.
Production on the Warner Bros. film is tentatively slated for 2019, during the NBA off-season and Coogler will produce the new Space Jam movie and Terence Nance, who created HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness and directed the experimental film The Oversimplification of Her Beauty, will direct.
It will be James’ first starring role after a successful turn as a supporting character in the 2015 Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck.
Apparently, Coogler, whose credits also include Creed and Fruitvale Station, is now among the industry’s most sought-after artists so getting him on this project was no small feat.
“I loved his vision” for Black Panther, James said, noting that when he was a kid growing up in Akron, Ohio, there were no black superheroes. “So for Ryan to be able to bring that to kids, it’s amazing.”
The initial Space Jam film was chock-full of cameos from NBA players (and Warner Bros.’ Looney Toons). So it’s safe to assume the new iteration will include a plethora of basketball’s biggest stars, especially given James’ stature in the league. It’s unclear at this point, however, if Jordan will be among those featured.
“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.”
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