SpringHill Entertainment, James and business
partner Maverick Carter's company, announced the news Tuesday by
tweeting out a cartoon image of a locker room with lockers for
James, Bugs Bunny, Coogler and Terence Nance, who will direct
the film. Coogler will be the producer.
According to ESPN, James and Carter have been in talks to make a
new "Space Jam" film for more than five years, and James was
personally involved in recruiting Coogler. ESPN also reported
the movie will not be a sequel to the 1996 "Space Jam" film
starring Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny, a movie that grossed
$375 million worldwide, more than double any other basketball
James has previously been vocal with his praise for Coogler and
"Black Panther," a Marvel blockbuster featuring a primarily
black cast and a black superhero.
"I loved his vision," James told The Hollywood Reporter of
Coogler. "So for Ryan to be able to bring that to kids, it's
"The 'Space Jam' collaboration is so much more than just me and
the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie," he
continued. "It's so much bigger. I'd just love for kids to
understand how empowered they can feel and how empowered they
can be if they don't just give up on their dreams. And I think
Ryan did that for a lot of people."
SpringHill signed an agreement with Warner Bros. Entertainment,
which owns "Space Jam," in 2015.
Filming is expected to start next offseason, and it's possible
that Jordan could be involved.
--Field Level Media
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