LeBron James is bringing Black Panther director Ryan Coogler (Creed, Fruitvale Station) onboard the Space Jam sequel, who will produce the Warner Bros. project with production expected to start during National Basketball Association offseason in 2019, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. While it remains to be seen what National Basketball Association stars other than LeBron will be featured in Space Jam 2, we now know who will be directing and producing the film.
The original Space Jam was a live action/animated comedy that featured Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny.More news: Third Person that Kavanaugh Accuser Claims Was at Party Denies Incident
This will mark James' first on-screen role since 2015's Trainwreck, which saw the basketball star hold his own surprisingly well with scene partners like Amy Schumer and Bill Hader. "At least that's what LeBron James" SpringHill Entertainment suggested with a post on Wednesday afternoon with a locker room featuring names and the iconic Tune Squad uniform. It's not clear how much hands-on involvement Coogler will have with the film, but just having him involved at all gives Space Jam 2 a huge boost.
Coogler's attachment comes in the wake of the blockbuster success of "Black Panther", which grossed more than $1.3 billion worldwide.
"I loved his vision for 'Black Panther, ' " LeBron told The Hollywood Reporter. "So for Ryan to be able to bring that to kids, it's fantastic", James said.More news: Read the Letter From Christine Blasey Ford Requesting an FBI Investigation
"The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie", said James.
Whether or not original Space Jam star Michael Jordan will return in some capacity remains to be seen. "And I think Ryan did that for a lot of people".More news: The Real Withings Returns With a Smarter and Sportier Smartwatch