LeBron James’ ‘Space Jam 2’ Books July 2021 Release Date

Written by on February 26, 2019

Fourth Estate Staff

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – ‘Space Jam 2’ is officially in the works and NBA star LeBron James is taking center stage.

Warner Bros. has set the film for a July 16, 2021 release date, Variety writes. Terence Nance, creator of HBO’s ‘Random Acts of Flyness’ has been tapped to direct the film. Nance’s directorial credits include ‘An Oversimplification in Her Beauty’ and ‘Univitellin’.

James himself confirmed that during the All Star Weekend that he will be lead in the upcoming basketball movie, taking over Michael Jordan who played the lead role in the 1996 film, Complex reports. This will James’ first starring role and filming is expected to begin this summer. The Lakers power forward and shooting guard is also enlisted as one of the executive producers for ‘Space Jam 2’ together with ‘Black Panther’ director Ryan Coogler. James’ first acting gig was in 2015’s ‘Trainwreck’ where he was a supporting character.

The live-action/animated release didn’t receive massive acclaim when it was released theatrically, but it became an iconic part of the 90s pop culture scene due in part to Jordan’s influence and the unique premise of the film.

‘Space Jam’ grossed $230 million worldwide. NBA stars Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, and Patrick Ewing also appeared in the movie. In the original film, Jordan teamed up with the Looney Tunes gang consisting of Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny, Daffy Duck and more as they faced the evil Monstars in a basketball game. The story took place at the time of Jordan’s initial retirement from the NBA between 1993 and 1995.

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