After months of speculation and rumors, it seems Space Jam 2 is officially a go. Los Angeles Lakers All-Star LeBron James and Springhill Entertainment released a post on Thursday to confirm that the film will indeed be produced.
News of Space Jam 2 has sparked interest from loads of celebrities and athletes. In fact, after seeing Springhill’s post on Thursday, several NBA players piped up with their desires to be involved in the film, including Jeff Green, Rudy Gay, Tiago Splitter, Evan Turner, and Matthew Dellavedova.
Everyone wants in on #SpaceJam2 😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/oyOiXKDgZf
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) September 19, 2018
Ryan Coogler has been selected to produce Space Jam 2. It will be his first project since the record-breaking hit, Black Panther. Terence Nance, creator of HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness and director of the experimental film, The Oversimplification of Her Beauty, will direct
“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. “So for Ryan to be able to bring that to kids, it’s amazing.”
“The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie,” says James, “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.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter, production on the Warner Bros. film is tentatively slated for 2019, during the NBA off-season.
The original Space Jam film featured a slough of NBA talent, including Michael Jordan, who starred in the film, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Muggsy Bogues, and Larry Johnson. Let’s see who Warner Bros. brings on-board for Space Jam 2.