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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

'Space Jam 2' Will Begin Production in 2019, Black Panther's Ryan Coogler to Produce

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LeBron James and his Springhill Entertainment have successfully enlisted Black Panther director Ryan Coogler to produce a sequel to the 1996 Michael Jordan smash hit, Space Jam. Production on the Warner Brothers film will likely begin, The Hollywood Reporter reported, in 2019.

Terence Nance, of HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness, will direct. James is now conveniently located in Los Angeles and will naturally star. He appeared in the 2015 Amy Schumer-Bill Hader rom-com Trainwreck and recently provided the voice talent for a supporting character in Smallfoot, the animated musical which opens on Sept. 28.

After LeBron saw Black Panther, he said it was one of the greatest movies he'd ever seen. But Director Ryan Coogler would have been a hot Hollywood commodity anyway — both Creed and Fruitvale Station are fantastic films. Black Panther solidified and rapidly accelerated his critical and commercial acclaim. 

Space Jam rumors have been circulating for years. But LeBron appears to be getting much more active in the entertainment arm of his empire. Just last week, THR reported, NBC and The CW announced separate shows in development with SpringHill Entertainment, which is located on the Warner Brothers lot.

ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported that LeBron and Maverick Carter have been "waiting for the right situation" to go ahead with production. 

“The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie,” James told THR, “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 [Coogler] did that for a lot of people.”

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