Part of Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James' move to the West Coast was to fulfill his movie-making dreams. Now the 35-year-old three-time NBA champion unveiled just the tip of the iceberg to the long-awaited sequel to the cult classic “Space Jam.”
Here's a closer view of the logo to the new Looney Tunes animated and live action flick that is slated to release in theaters in the summer of 2021 from Warner Bros. Pictures and the Lakers star's production company SpringHill Entertainment:
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“Space Jam 2” for James follows in the footsteps of the beloved Michael Jordan–led film from the mid-1990s. “Space Jam” saw Jordan tackle the devious “Monstars,” who stole the basketball talents of NBA stars like Patrick Ewing, Charles Barkley, and Larry Johnson to compete with the Looney Tunes, led by Bugs Bunny.
Jordan's late-game heroics—what else is new—prevented enslavement on Moron Mountain from a Jerry Krause lookalike Mr. Swackhammer. Now James gets his turn helping out the Looney Tunes in the 20-plus-year sequel to the 1996 box office smash.
James and the “Space Jam 2” crew began filming last summer, with Malcolm D. Lee (“Girls Trip”) directing and Ryan Coogler (“Creed” and “Black Panther”) and LeBron's business partner Maverick Carter serving as producers. The sequel is also expected to have a slew of cameos from NBA stars like James' Lakers teammate Anthony Davis, Golden State Warriors All-Star shooting guard Klay Thompson, Oklahoma City Thunder point guard Chris Paul, and more.