No, we're not talking about LeBron James stepping in for Michael Jordan — although that's been a rumor for months now. We're talking about Justin Lin stepping in for Joe Pytka.
Lin, who directed Fast & Furious 6 and will drop Star Trek Beyond this summer, is in talks to tackle Space Jam 2 for Warner Bros., The Hollywood Reporterrevealed Monday. And yes, the film really will star once and future Clevelander James.
signaling a will on the part of the studio to revive Space Jam — the 1996 animation/live action hybrid that made a serviceable $230 million at the global box office and, for whatever reason, went on to become a nostalgia classic.
The project also behooves Warner Bros. to dust off its Looney Tunes characters, which have been fairly dormant in recent years. Despite announcements of plans for a film — including one that Jenny Slate took a crack at writing — we've seen precious little of Bugs, Daffy, Porky, Sylvester and the rest of the gang.
It's been almost a year now since James announced a partnership deal with Warner Bros. Entertainment, which sparked off the Space Jam 2 rumors. Which, until now, were just that — rumors.
With the development wheel beginning to turn and a director attached (as well as Bad Words writer Andrew Dodge), it's looking like King James might really have his sights set on one of His Airness' crowning achievements.
Space Jam 2 with LeBron James
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