Space Jam 2: LeBron James, director Justin Lin in talks for sequel
The splashy '90s sports flick is getting a sleek makeover
The splashy Michael Jordan/Looney Tunes sports-themed mash-up known as Space Jam is getting the sequel treatment with the help of some major talent.
EW can confirm that NBA player LeBron James is in talks to Jordan’s legendary (and large!) shoes, while director Justin Lin (Star Trek Beyond, Fast & Furious 6) is in talks to helm the basketball-themed sequel.
The original 1996 film – which starred Jordan leading a team of Looney Tunes characters in a b-ball game against a group of overbearing, oddball aliens in a hybrid of animation and live-action styles – was a smash hit among both kid and adult audiences, earning $225 million worldwide.
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And it seems that Space Jam 2 is being eyed as a project that could bring in major bucks for Warner Bros.: Lin has a proven track record of slick box office hits, and teaming with James – fresh off his success in last summer’s Trainwreck – could prove a winning combination.
The Hollywood Reporter was first to report the news.