Come on and slam, and welcome Terence Nance and Ryan Coogler to the jam. Joining LeBron James for his long-coming Space Jam sequel, the Black Panther director and Random Acts of Flyness creator are linking up for a film that’s shaping up to be as epic as the Looney Tunes and Michael Jordan himself.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the partially live-action, partially animated Space Jam follow-up is being produced by Coogler and will be directed from Nance (whose aforementioned HBO series tackles plenty of experimental media blends).
James’ company, SpringHill Entertainment, posted a fun locker-room picture on Instagram to tease the new lineup. Check it out:
The film, coming from Warner Bros., is as of now scheduled to begin production in 2019 during the NBA offseason so that James and the inevitable cameo athletes have plenty of time to schedule their shoot. Hopping to another beloved property from the MCU, Coogler earned a lot of trust with his breakout blockbuster — some from James.
“I loved his vision,” James said of Coogler’s work on Black Panther, per THR. James was on the lookout for a black superhero as a child, "so for Ryan to be able to bring that to kids, it’s amazing.”
But as far as Space Jam goes, this is about proving that same possibility can work for anyone — regardless of superpowers. “The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie,” said James, adding: “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 did that for a lot of people.” Bringing the hope of superheroes to NBA fans is only part of the picture, which will also work with the star/professional image of James, whose talent and career have been compared to the original Space Jam's star, Jordan.
Will this sequel end with a showdown? Or at least a cameo? All we know is that Bugs is on board and has a killer creative team behind him.