Space Jam 2 Has Finally Started Shooting, Confirms LeBron James

LeBron James has tweeted to confirm that Space Jam 2 is finally starting shooting - 23 years after the original film was released.

Rumours circled for years but confirmation of the sequel came late last year and it will be complete with pro basketball player LeBron James - who is set to replace the 1996 original, Michael Jordan.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Ryan Coogler (Black Panther) will serve as producer, while Terence Nance - who created HBO's Random Acts of Flyness and directed the experimental film The Oversimplification of Her Beauty - will direct.

Ryan Coogler will produce the Space Jam sequel. Credit: PA
Ryan Coogler will produce the Space Jam sequel. Credit: PA

Speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, LeBron James said that when he grew up in Akron, Ohio, there were no black superheroes, which made Coogler a huge draw for him, adding: "I loved his vision for Black Panther".

He continued: "The Space Jam 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."

Earlier reports said that Space Jam 2 will begin shooting in California on 17 June this year which would give Nance and his team a three-month period to wrap things up before NBA training camps open for the 2019-2020 season - and before star LeBron James returns to his day job, playing for the Los Angeles Lakers.

So it looks like things could be perfectly on track.

The second film will star basketball player LeBron James. Credit: Instagram
The second film will star basketball player LeBron James. Credit: Instagram

Back in September SpringHill Entertainment released a teaser image on Instagram, which showed James' credits in the film along with Coogler as producer, Terence Nance as director and, of course, the main man himself: Bugs Bunny.

There's no word yet on the synopsis for the forthcoming reboot, but let's just say it's got a lot to live up to. No pressure, peeps.

Featured Image Credit: Instagram

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