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.
Man this really just hit me! I'm really shooting Space Jam 2!! This is so surreal and doesn't even make sense to me! Where I come from man and what I saw growing up this doesn't add up to me! ♂️! I'm truly grateful and beyond blessed. This is CRAZINESS. :basketball: :rabbit: :movie_camera: :crown::pray:
- LeBron James (@KingJames) June 25, 2019
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.
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."
Congrats LBJ! Very much looking forward to it. The sequel has been a loooooong time comin.
- Marc D'Amico (@Marc_DAmico) June 25, 2019
Since you're better than mj, im expecting a better movie too sir
- pbz :moneybag::runner:♂️ (@ProfitboyZee) June 25, 2019
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.
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.
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