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Report: LeBron James’ ‘Space Jam 2’ gets new director

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The greatest achievement of LeBron James’ NBA career came after the Cleveland Cavaliers replaced coaches midway through the regular season. Next summer, we’ll find out if a mid-production switch at the helm of Space Jam 2 will yield similar results.

According to Etan Vlessing of The Hollywood Reporter, Malcolm D. Lee has replaced Terence Nance as director of Space Jam 2, the sequel to the 1996 hit starring Michael Jordan in which James stars and serves as executive producer.

Girls Trip and Night School director Malcolm D. Lee is set to direct Warner Bros.’ and LeBron James’ Space Jam 2, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.

Lee replaces Terence Nance on the sequel to the 1996 hit that starred Michael Jordan and featured cameos from a number of NBA all-stars, in addition to classic Looney Tunes characters such as Bugs Bunny.

Space Jam 2 went into production earlier this summer. In addition to James, the film features NBA stars Anthony Davis of the Los Angeles Lakers, Damian Lillard of the Portland Trail Blazers, and Klay Thompson of the Golden State Warriors, as well WNBA stars Diana Taurasi of the Phoenix Mercury and sisters Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike of the Los Angeles Sparks. Don Cheadle, of Iron Man and Avengers fame, also stars, as does Sonequa Martin-Green of Star Trek: Discovery.

James, 34, had a supporting role in the 2015 hit comedy Trainwreck, his first foray into Hollywood acting. Rumored interest of he and his production company, SpringHill Entertainment, in making a sequel to Space Jam first surfaced several years ago.

Space Jam 2 will be released on July 16, 2021.