It looks like Space Jam fans will finally get the sequel they have been waiting for!
The long-rumored sequel is finally happening, with LeBron James as the main live-action player. Black Panther’s Ryan Coogler will be producing the film, and Terence Nance who created HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness and directed the experimental film The Oversimplification of Her Beauty, is set to direct. James told the Hollywood Reporter that he loved Coogler’s vision for Black Panther.
James continued, “The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie. 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.”
The 1996 Michael Jordan Space Jam movie was part animation, part live action. Despite critics reviews, it ranks as the highest-grossing basketball movie of all time.
James’s SpringHill Entertainment tweeted a photo on Wednesday confirming the sequel.
— SpringHill Ent. (@SpringHillEnt) September 19, 2018
Fans anxiously await the release Space Jam 2, which is set to begin production in 2019, during the NBA-off-season.