The Hollywood Reporter has learned that Black Panther director Ryan Coogler will be a producer on LeBron James’ Space Jam 2.
Directed by Random Acts of Flyness creator Terence Nance, Space Jam 2 will feature LeBron James in his first starring role following a successful appearance as himself in Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck. Now, Ryan Coogler will serve as a producer on the Warner Bros. project, which is tentatively scheduled to begin production during the NBA offseason in 2019.
LeBron James expressed his love for Ryan Coogler’s vision for Black Panther and how the filmmaker was able to bring a black superhero to the big screen for children, which he explains is one of the reasons Coogler is perfectly suited for the Space Jam 2:
“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.”
Ryan Coogler’s directing credits include Marvel Studios Black Panther, the Rocky sequel titled Creed, and the acclaimed Fruitvale Station.
Released in 1996, the original Space Jam told the story of the Looney Tunes efforts to win a basketball competition after the beloved cartoon characters challenge alien invaders to a game in order to secure their freedom. However, the aliens steal the talent of professional basketball players and transform into the dreaded Monstars, prompting the Looney Tunes to recruit Michael Jordan onto their team. LeBron James is expected to play a similar role in the Space Jam sequel.
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