Ryan Coogler to Produce a ‘Space Jam’ Sequel Starring Lebron James

Aubrey Yates
September 19, 2018

Rumors of a "Space Jam" sequel have been swirling around the internet for years, but we may finally be seeing the movie start to take shape.

Space Jam 2 is definitely happening, and Black Panther director Ryan Coogler is going to lend a hand.

LeBron James' media company SpringHill Entertainment revealed new details for Space Jam 2 today, confirming that the sequel to the classic 1996 film is officially in the works. Pictured in the announcement is a locker room with clothing areas belonging to Bugs Bunny (who will be playing point guard in the movie), James (taking the role of small forward), Terence Nance (the movie's director) and Ryan Coogler (the movie's producer).

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According to the Reporter, the new film will be directed by Terence Nance and production is slated for 2019 during the National Basketball Association offseason. Coogler, who scored big earlier in 2018 when he directed Black Panther, is a huge get for the project. Though not much of a success critically, the film brought in $230 million worldwide and remains the highest-grossing basketball movie of all time.

"I loved his vision [for Black Panther]", James told THR. "So for Ryan to be able to bring that to kids, it's wonderful". Some even saw James' decision to join the Los Angeles Lakers as proof that Space Jam 2 was a sure bet. 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. The movie has a nostalgic spot in many millennial hearts, and there's been talk of a sequel starring James for years.

James appearing in Space Jam and essentially replacing Jordan is another weird subtext to the never-ending debate about whether James is the greatest basketball player ever or if Jordan still retains that role.

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