A Space Jam sequel starring LeBron James has always one of those films where the question of it happening at all has always been a matter of "when", rather than "if".
And alas, in 2018, James' own production company, Spring Hill Entertainment, shared a tweet that revealed the long-awaited sequel to Michael Jordan's iconic basketball flick had finally been given the green light for take-off.
The image dropped a number of crucial hints about the upcoming sports film (aside from the detail that the movie is officially going ahead). Terence Nance, who directed Random Acts Of Flyness, will take up the director's chair on the film, while Ryan Coogler (of Black Panther fame, will produce). James himself will obviously star as the modern day incarnation of Michael Jordan, teaming up with the Looney Tunes to help defeat the Monstars once and for all.
During an All Star Weekend interview, James confirmed that Space Jam 2, the sequel to Michael Jordan's crossover 1996 film, will begin filming this coming winter (summer in the US).
“The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie,” James told The Hollywood Reporter.
“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.”
Speculation has been rife over which of James's fellow NBA stars will also appear to take on the villainous alien basketball team from outer space, with names like James Harden and Steph Curry both thrown around over the past couple of years. Now, Earth's line-up looks complete.
According to trusted NBA reporter Shams Charania, a ton of NBA AND WNBA talent will be appearing on screen, with James' new teammate Anthony Davis, Portland superstar Damian Lillard and Golden State stalwart Klay Thompson all confirmed to be playing themselves. Davis's inclusion has raised particular eyebrows across the NBA due to the nature of how he joined LeBron at the Lakers during the 2019 off-season.
It's also likely that a couple of classic cartoon characters who served as villains in the first film, like Marvin the Martian and Yosemite Sam, will also appear.
For a while, that was pretty much all we knew about the planned project. However James has now dropped both the logo and the title of the new film (Space Jam: A New Legacy), finally giving long-time ball fans something to get excited about.
It's thought that filming is probably near completion now, during the NBA's current off-season, but we won't see Space Jam 2 hit screens until July 16, 2021. In other news surrounding James' emerging media empire, LBJ is also set to produce a new show based around Aussie basketball prodigy Ben Simmons' childhood.