Every now and then, one of those weird internet rumours turn out to be true. Such would seem to be the case with the unlikely sequel to Space Jam, the 1996 comedy featuring Looney Tunes characters teaming up with NBA stars for a basketball game against alien slavers. There had been talk of a sequel a couple of years back with LeBron James supposedly being targeted to headline the film, but he denied any knowledge of the project and that mostly put an end to speculation at the time. However, it turns out that the wheels were in motion all along and we are now hearing that Space Jam 2 is happening with a big name director attached: Fast & Furious helmer Justin Lin. Hit the jump to find out what else we know.
According to THR, Justin Lin (Fast & Furious 6, Star Trek Beyond) has signed on to direct Space Jam 2 for Warner Brothers. He will co-write the script with Andrew Dodge (Bad Words) and Alfredo Botello; Dodge is also collaborating with him on an untitled cop comedy and an HBO drama. LeBron James is on board to star, although at this point we don’t know who else might be joining him on screen.
LeBron is the obvious choice to fill the shoes of Michael Jordan who starred in the original Space Jam, but he has also done some acting already, having appeared Judd Apatow’s Trainwreck last year. He also started up his own production company, which quickly landed a deal with Warner Brothers. As for Looney Tunes, Warner Brothers recently produced some 3D animated shorts and a new direct-to-video movie that was released last year, Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run, so the characters are primed for a comeback. Are you game for Space Jam 2?