Ryan Coogler To Produce New Space Jam Film Starring LeBron James

The long-anticipated follow-up to ‘Space Jam’ is in the works. It will star LeBron James and be produced by Ryan Coogler.

Black Panther director Ryan Coogler and creator of Random Acts of Flyness Terence Nance will be working with NBA superstar LeBron James to bring iconic ’90s children’s film Space Jam — and the Tune Squad — back to theaters, in collaboration with James’ SpringHill Entertainment.

The new Space Jam movie will be produced by Coogler and directed by Nance. The original, released in 1996, starred Michael Jordan and an animated Bugs Bunny, while James will appear in his first starring role in a feature film since his co-starring role in 2015’s Trainwreck.

“The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie,” said James. “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.”

While the film shares the same name as the popular original that featured Jordan and Bugs Bunny, James’ vehicle will not be considered a sequel to the highest-grossing basketball film of all time. There is also now word yet as to whether Jordan will appear in the new movie.

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