Are we ever going to get Space Jam 2? Who will be the star player? Which NBA players would be the Monstars? Those rumors have been swirling around for years. The world will have to wait a little longer for it to come out, but we now know it’s actually happening.
This is not a drill. This is not a joke. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the long-anticipated follow-up to the 1996 classic movie featuring Michael Jordan, Bugs Bunny, and the Looney Tunes will be made.
The main star? Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, of course. The producer? Ryan Coogler, who directed the record-breaking box office smash Black Panther. The director? Terence Nance, who created HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness.
James’ move to Hollywood following his second stint with the Cleveland Cavaliers teased this Space Jam sequel, although the name of the film has yet to be released. Yet, no official word meant just louder rumblings. But the report and locker room tease from SpringHill Entertainment makes this one step closer to reality.
“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.” — LeBron James
Production of the Warner Bros. film is tentatively slated for 2019, during the NBA offseason, so it can feature the superstar James, the Akron, Ohio native who was a supporting character in the 2015 comedy Trainwreck starring Amy Schumer.
The producer, director, and star player trio is already an All-Star lineup, and as for the supporting cast outside of the Looney Tunes, the options are endless. James is the best player in the NBA and could potentially get anyone to join him for what will be an instant hit.
The trailer simply cannot come soon enough.