After years of rampant speculation, rumours and false starts, it appears that ‘Space Jam 2’ is officially in the works. According the ‘The Hollywood Reporter’, director Justin Lin has signed on to spearhead the follow-up to the 1996 film that saw Michael Jordan team up with the Looney Tunes in an epic basketball game against aliens threatening their freedom.
Lin, whose previous directing credits include ‘The Fast & Furious 6’ and ‘Star Trek Beyond’, will also co-write the script with Andrew Dodge and Alfredo Botello. Lin and Dodge are already working together on a range of projects, including an untitled cop comedy, and it appears they wish to add ‘Space Jam 2’ to the list. Lin is also looking to direct and produce via his Perfect Storm Entertainment, and sources say he will be thoroughly involved in the creative development of the project.
While the involvement of these men suggests a great likelihood that the film will actually get made, there is still debate over who will take the starring role. Fans who have been keeping track of the rumor would be aware that the promise of a sequel picked up steam last summer, when the production company co-founded by Cleveland Cavaliers megastar LeBron James signed a big "content creation" deal with Warner Bros. Entertainment, one month after the studio filed new trademarks on "Space Jam." James has made no secret of his interest in taking part in the film, saying last summer that "we're definitely missing Bugs and Daffy and Tasmanian Devil and every last one of them, so hopefully we can do some great things." However, Monday afternoon (May 2nd) saw ESPN's Brian Windhorst stall these rumours with a statement that “Despite a report LeBron will star in Space Jam 2, no deal is in place sources say. Maybe at some point but not as of yet.”
Still, having a director, screenwriter, and star attached is by far the most progress the film has made to date and should give fans hope that Bugs and friends will once again dribble their way onto our screens with the comedic charm that only they can pull off.