If you grew up in the 90s, you would definitely remember the iconic classic live-action/animation hybrid “Space Jam”, starring NBA star Michael Jordan and the gang from Looney Tunes as they battle against the a group of aliens in a high-stakes game of basketball.
The movie opened at No. 1 in the US and grossed over $230 million worldwide, becoming the highest-grossing basketball film of all-time and winning various accolades including ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards, Annie Awards, Grammy Awards, and World Animation Celebration.
Since 2014, there has been talks that a sequel “Space Jam” is being planned but until the end, the idea didn’t materialise. Now, it seems that the sequel has finally received the green light with “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler producing the Warner Bros. Project.
American professional basketball player LeBron James will be the main star of the sequel, marking his first starring role after receiving positive reviews for his supporting role in the 2015 Amy Schumer comedy “Trainwreck”
James told The Hollywood Reporter that he he loved Coogler’s vision for “Black Panther”, noting that as a black kid growing up in 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. 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.”
Terence Nance, creator of HBO’s “Random Acts of Flyness” and director of “The Oversimplification of Her Beauty”, has been tapped to helm the project, which is tentatively slated to begin in 2019 during the NBA off-season.