LeBron James Nabs Ryan Coogler To Produce Space Jam Sequel
LeBron James and his production company SpringHill Entertainment are on a roll in Hollywood right now. After recently announcing TV projects with Showtime, NBC and The CW, news broke today that James and company have tapped buzzing director Ryan Coogler to produce their upcoming Space Jam sequel. Coogler is still in full stride in a year that witnessed his record-breaking Black Panther film for Marvel Studios. This is Coogler’s first announced project since his comic book movie blew audiences away in February. That is a significant development for James, who is looking to put a top-notch team together for his first starring role.
The first Space Jam movie hit theaters in 1996 and had Michael Jordan playing himself as the lead, with cultural icon Bill Murray and the Looney Tunes gang co-starring. So, it will take just the right mix of comedy, CG, and NBA cameos to pull off the new installment. Lucky for James he has already locked in Terrence Nance to direct. The young creative is responsible for HBO’s controversial new show Random Acts of Flyness, and will likely bring a very different flavor to this franchise.
James is looking for this big screen outing to be more than a gimmick, and feels that bringing Coogler on board will help achieve this goal. “The Space Jam [sequel] collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie. 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,” he explained to The Hollywood Reporter.
It’s not clear if this sequel will continue the story-line from the initial movie, but here’s to hoping we the see the return of the monstrous b-ball villains, the Mean Team.