Space Jam – the 1996 live action sports comedy starring Michael Jordan and the Looney Toons crew – is now getting its very own sequel, complete with pro basketball plater LeBron James.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ryan
Coogler (Black Panther) will serve as producer, while Terence Nance – who created HBO’s
Random Acts of Flyness and directed the experimental film The Oversimplification of Her Beauty will direct.
“I loved his vision” for Black Panther, James told The Hollywood Reporter.
He said that, growing up as ak id in Akron, Ohio, there were no black superheroes, adding: “So for Ryan to be able to bring that to kids, it’s amazing.”
SpringHill Entertainment released a teaser image on Instagram, which showed James’ credits in the film along with Coogler as producer, Terence Nance as director and, of course, the main man himself: Bugs Bunny.
“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.” James said.
There have been rumours of a Space Jam sequel for years now – but in all that time, all we’ve had to keep us going has been the film’s classic website, which they’ve kept going for over 20 years.
Dara-Lynn Weiss, one of the masterminds behind the immortal website, told Rolling Stone: “I think the tragedy of digital media is the rarity that you can go back and look at this stuff. So much has gotten lost.
“Much of it wasn’t of great value anyway, but sometimes I feel like they should all just stay up forever. Why not? There tends to be a better record of every other medium than the web, because when it’s taken down, it’s really gone.
“I think the site we made is a beautiful piece of nostalgia. There’s the sad, abandoned internet, but with Space Jam, there’s nothing about it that’s that.”
Space Jam 2 will reportedly being shooting in 2019, during the NBA off-season.