Space Jam 2 with LeBron James tags Justin Lin to direct

Space Jam 2 with LeBron James tags Justin Lin to direct

LeBron JamesThey finally found a suitable heir to step into the Space Jam shoes.

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.

Space Jam Toon squad


Justin Lin, who may direct "Space Jam"

Justin Lin, who may direct "Space Jam"

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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