It looks as though ‘Space Jam’ is finally getting a sequel…
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the previously-rumoured ‘Space Jam’ sequel is going ahead… with modern-day Basketball pro, LeBron James and director Justin Lin.
“Justin Lin, Andrew Dodge and Alfredo Botello are ready to shoot some intergalactic hoops with LeBron James,” they revealed. “The Fast & Furious 6 and Star Trek Beyond helmer is co-writing with Dodge and Botello the Warner Bros.’ sequel Space Jam 2.”
“Lin is also eyeing to direct and produce via his Perfect Storm Entertainment, and sources say he will be thoroughly involved in the creative development of the project.”
Of course, there’s been rumours of a ‘Space Jam’ follow-up for years… but now it looks as though it’s finally turning into something after LeBron James signed a contract with Warner Bros. studio.
And if they convince Justin Lin to direct, it could be heading in the right direction.
‘Space Jam’ was released in 1996 and starred basketball legend, Michael Jordan. Featuring numerous classic Looney Tunes characters, the live-action/animation hybrid was warmly met by critics… and managed to earn a respectable $230.4 million at the box office.
The original story focussed on a race of basketball-playing aliens who attempt to enslave the Looney Tunes for their own entertainment… but are fended off by Michael Jordan and his animated basketball-playing chums.
Of course, Justin Lin is an interesting choice, having previously directed several ‘Fast and Furious’ instalments as well as the upcoming ‘Star Trek Beyond’. And while we weren’t expecting to see him attached to a ‘Space Jam’ sequel, it might just be a stroke of genius.
Will ‘Space Jam 2’ see the return of those aliens? Can the Looney Tunes fend them off?
For now, we’ll have to wait and see.
Picture Credit: Warner Bros.