Everybody, get up. It’s time to slam now. We’ve got a real jam goin’ down now that NBA superstar LeBron James is going to hoopin’ it up with your favorite Looney Tunes characters in Warner Bros.’ Space Jam sequel.
Rumors of a James-led Space Jam 2 have been circulating since 2014. While the Clevland Cavaliers forward’s reps had previously denied his involvement, there seemed to be some credence to all of the speculation when James signed a deal with Warner Bros. last year, after his well-received performance in Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck. According to The Hollywood Reporter, James will be starring in the follow-up to the 1996 live-action/animation mashup. So, ’90s kids, dust off those Tune Squad jerseys. And James, welcome to the Space Jam. It’s your chance. Do your dance at the Space Jam.
James will be teaming up with director Justin Lin (The Fast and the Furious 6) on the project, which is still in the early stages of development. Lin and Bad Words scribe Andrew Dodge are currently writing the script. The original Space Jam starred “His Airness” Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes crew — they join forces to defeat a group of aliens on the basketball court. The family classic is the highest grossing basketball film of all time — it brought in $230 million worldwide.
You have to wonder if this news means that the official Space Jam website, which still exists two decades after the original film was released, will finally be updated.[THR]