LeBron James is bringing Black Panther director Ryan Coogler (Creed, Fruitvale Station) onboard the Space Jam sequel, who will produce the Warner Bros. project with production expected to start during National Basketball Association offseason in 2019, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed.
James' production company SpringHill Entertainment has released the first teaser image for Space Jam 2 featuring the locker room of the new and improved Tune Squad, including spots for Coogler, James, director Terence Nance, and star point guard Buggs Bunny.
This will mark James' first on-screen role since 2015's Trainwreck, which saw the basketball star hold his own surprisingly well with scene partners like Amy Schumer and Bill Hader. Coogler is a filmmaker in demand, having taken Black Panther to box office glory.
Getting Coogler, whose films also include Creed and Fruitvale Station, is a coup.
"I loved his vision" for Black Panther, James tells The Hollywood Reporter, noting that when he was a kid growing up in Akron, Ohio, there were no black superheroes.
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. "So for Ryan to be able to bring that to kids, it's unbelievable", James said.
The original Space Jam debuted in 1996 and starred Michael Jordan, playing himself, alongside a cast of Warner Bros.' Looney Tunes characters and the likes of Bill Murray and Wayne Knight. 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.