LeBron James to star in Space Jam 2, Justin Lin to direct
If the early reports are true, then LeBron James will be joining an all-new animated sport team in the near future. After months of speculation, THR is now reporting that the “Space Jam” sequel is moving forward with NBA star LeBron James.
The announcements didn’t stop there, director Justin Lin will be taking the helm in the new production, adding another high-profile name to the budding project.
“Justin Lin, Andrew Dodge and Alfredo Botello are ready to shoot some intergalactic hoops with LeBron James,” they revealed. “The Fast & Furious 6 and Star Trek Beyond helmer is co-writing with Dodge and Botello the Warner Bros.’ sequel Space Jam 2.”
It should be noted that these “Space Jam 2” rumors have been going on for years now. These new reports hold a little bit more weight now that LeBron James has officially signed a contract with Warner Bros. studio for a new feature film. If that film turns-out to be “Space Jam 2,” then kids should be excited to see the NBA star mingle with their animated favorites. James has done VO work in cartoons in the past, recently appearing in “Teen Titans GO!” as himself.
The film will be the second installment to the popular franchise, which began back in 1996 with basketball legend Michael Jordan. The popular kid’s film featured Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and several other key Looney Tunes characters. There were also quite a few live-action stars like Bill Murray in the feature, which was a hit for the studio despite critics. The film went on to make $230.4 million at the box office, even more at the home box-office.
In the original film, an alien race challenged the Earth to a basketball match. If the Earth team lost, the world would become enslaved by the alien invaders. That’s when Bugs Bunny and the crew asked Michael Jordan to join the squad and save humanity from the opposing force.
With several ‘Fast and Furious’ instalments behind him, Justin Lin is a big-name to attach to the project, but still an outside choice for such a family-focused event. At the time this article was written, Warner Bros. Pictures had not made an official announcement on the castings.