Ryan Coogler to Produce a ‘Space Jam’ Sequel Starring Lebron James

Florence Fletcher
September 20, 2018

Space Jam 2 is finally happening, and LeBron James is indeed taking Michael Jordan's place in the role of National Basketball Association player saving the cartoon world.

While the film shares the name with the popular franchise that originally starred Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny in a 1996 box-office smash, a source familiar with the production told ESPN's Dave McMenamin that James' vehicle will not be considered a sequel to the highest-grossing basketball film of all time. This is Coogler's first official post-Black Panther gig, and the film will mark the first starring role for LeBron James.

"I loved his vision" for Black Panther, James tells The Hollywood Reporter, noting that when he was a kid growing up in Akron, Ohio, there were no black superheroes.

"The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie", James said. "And I think Ryan did that for a lot of people".

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Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny appeared in the 1996 movie"Space Jam

While the premise of the latest installment of "Space Jam" being discussed is not rooted in the original story, there have been discussions of involving Jordan, with his level of involvement still to be determined.

The film is expected to go into production during the 2019 National Basketball Association offseason.

While signing with the Los Angeles Lakers sent shockwaves throughout the NBA, LeBron James has simultaneously announced his presence in the entertainment industry. Entertainment, which owns "Space Jam". "So there's a logistical challenge but also creatively, to do a sequel 20 years later with a new cast and also to be able to, in a relevant way, bring the Looney Tunes back".

"James" most recent acting role on the big screen was 2015's Trainwreck, alongside with Amy Schumer and Bill Hader.

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