The Hollywood Reporter exclusively reported earlier today that Furious 6 and Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin has signed up for Warner Bros. Space Jam 2, sequel to the 1996 original film starring Michael Jordan.
Rumours of a Space Jam sequel have been doing the works for over a decade but it picked up some heat back in July of last year when LeBron James and his company SpringHill Entertainment signed a content creation deal with Warner Bros. meaning that they’d be planing projects in TV, film and original digital programming. Lebron James appeared in last years comedy Trainwreck as himself and looks set to play himself in the Michael Jordan role for the Space Jam sequel.
The original Space Jam film earned $230m worldwide and the story followed Michael Jordan teaming up with a collection of Looney Tunes characters to play a game of basketball against aliens threatening their freedom. Justin Lin, Andrew Dodge and Alfredo Botello are writing the script while Lin is directing and producing via Perfect Storm Entertainment, and sources claim that he will be thoroughly involved in the creative development of the project.
I’ll admit I’m stunned that a Space Jam sequel has now appeared out of nowhere after an almost twenty year gap between the original and this announcement today. While I have love for the original I wonder how they’ll attempt to recapture it for todays audiences.