Showcased via the company’s Twitter account, the fan art poster gives viewers a nostalgic look at the ‘96 cult classic sequel, seeing a TuneSquad jersey clad James next to his teammates Lola and Bugs Bunny. Along with the poster, the date was shared via caption, “July 16, 2021.” Space Jam 2 begins filming this summer. Read the original story below.
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Originally starring living basketball legend Michael Jordan, James will now take on the pivotal lead role, along with taking on executive producer duties, in the follow-up flick directed by Terence Nance. Black Panther director Ryan Coogler also joins the project as a producer. “I loved his vision for Black Panther,” James said. “So for Ryan to be able to bring that to kids, it’s amazing.” James’ production company Springhill Entertainment and Warner Bros. will also help to produce the film.
James confirmed the news during the recently passed NBA All-Star Weekend down in Charlotte, North Carolina with The Crossover. “The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie,” James stated during the interview. “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.”
The ‘96 classic saw Jordan team up with the Looney Tunes to take on the Monstars in a game of basketball. In addition to James for the sequel, Eric Bauza will reportedly be taking over the roles of Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd from Billy West. The premise for Space Jam 2 have yet to be revealed but keep it locked here for when they surface.
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LeBron got the kids in Charlotte excited about Space Jam 2, which starts filming this summer pic.twitter.com/qqJwCNy1b8
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