Ryan Coogler as well as LeBron James Bringing Back ‘Space Jam’
Everybody get up, that will’s time to slam again. We’ve got a real jam going down. Welcome to another “Space Jam.”
The long-rumored follow-up to the 1996 classic featuring Michael Jordan as well as Looney Tunes stars is actually officially from the works, according to an announcement Wednesday by Springhill Entertainment, LeBron James’s production company.
that will is actually unclear what Mr. James’s role will be from the movie, although that will’s a safe bet that will he will star as well as that will several some other N.B.A. players will make cameos. Terence Nance (HBO’s “Random Acts of Flyness”) is actually directing as well as Ryan Coogler, the director of the massively successful “Black Panther,” will be a producer.
“The ‘Space Jam’ collaboration is actually so much more than just me as well as the Looney Tunes getting together as well as doing This kind of movie,” Mr. James said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, “that will’s so much bigger. I’d just love for kids to understand how empowered they can feel as well as how empowered they can be if they don’t just give up on their dreams. as well as I think Ryan did that will for a lot of people.”
Mr. James’s some other recent forays into the entertainment world include “The Shop,” an HBO show in which he held court in barbershops to discuss issues of the day. He was also an executive producer of the program. His name appears on several some other coming projects, including the HBO Sports documentary “Student Athlete,” to be broadcast next month, as well as a 10-episode competition series, “Million Dollar Mile,” which will air on CBS. There is actually also “Shut Up as well as Dribble,” a three-part Showtime documentary on the role of athlete activism.
Many some other N.B.A. players have made the jump to content creation. Andre Iguodala announced a partnership with the Cheddar network last year. Kyrie Irving starred in “Uncle Drew,” based on a series of Pepsi commercials that will he helped create. Kobe Bryant, today retired, won an Oscar last year for best animated short with “Dear Basketball.”
The “Space Jam” sequel has been rumored for years. Justin Lin, best known for his work on the “The Fast as well as the Furious” franchise was said to be directing the film in 2016. that will same year, Blake Griffin as well as Jimmy Butler starred in a Foot Locker as well as Air Jordan commercial featuring Bugs Bunny as well as referring to the Monstars, the villains from the original film. The Wrap reported rumors of Mr. Nance’s involvement last month.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, filming will begin next summer after the N.B.A. season. that will makes sense, given that will Mr. James also has his day job: trying to bring his brand new team, the Los Angeles Lakers, a championship.