Since moving to Los Angeles, basketball star LeBron James has been busy furthering his creative efforts in Hollywood, and his latest move might be his most high-profile to date: James has set Black Panther director Ryan Coogler to produce his sequel to Space Jam.
Space Jam 2 has been long rumored but not confirmed, and now with Coogler attached, it looks like the project is officially moving forward. Next on the agenda? Casting some solid NBA personalities and the Bill Murray figure (we’d be down to see Kate McKinnon, Maya Rudolph, Kevin Hart or John Cena).
A producing role could mean anything, but James told The Hollywood Reporter he loved Coogler’s “vision” for the project, which would indicate a high level of involvement and oversight. Coogler did great work with Panther, but also Creed and Fruitvale Station before that, so as far as we’re concerned, the more of his fingerprints are on this one, the better. (h/t THR)
It’s reported that production of Space Jam 2 will begin next summer during the NBA off-season. In the meantime, James will suit up for his debut season with the Los Angeles Lakers.