In a tweet, SpringHill Entertainment has confirmed news about Space Jam 2.
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— SpringHill Ent. (@SpringHillEnt) September 19, 2018
The graphic, posted to the official account of LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s production company, listed James as the star, Terence Nance as director and Ryan Coogler as a producer. While James has been attached to the remake for years, reports of Nance first surfaced last month, and Coogler being a producer is fresh news entirely. Warner Bros. is the studio.
Nance is coming off of the first season of his critically-acclaimed HBO series Random Acts of Flyness, which was renewed for a second season.
James’ recent move to Los Angeles may have fast-tracked the project, which has been in development for some time. Justin Lin was previously attached to the film. Andrew Dodge wrote the script.
Even before James was announced as the star, a Space Jam sequel has been rumored for years with numerous NBA stars attached. The original film, starring Michael Jordan, was a big box office hit, grossing over $230 million worldwide.
With production set to start in 2019, this will be James’ first major film role. He had a supporting role in the Amy Schumer film Trainwrecked in 2015.
Other NBA stars are expected to star with James in the sequel.