‘Space Jam’ Universe Adding Sequel With LeBron James, ‘Fast + Furious’ Director
LeBron James' next big trade might find him miles (or light-years) outside of Cleveland. Say...outer space?
James will officially star in a sequel of the 1996 live-action movie Space Jam, which starred NBA legend Michael Jordan, according to The Hollywood Reporter. THR adds Fast & Furious 6 director Justin Lin will direct the project while Andrew Dodge, who penned 2013's Bad Words, will write the script.
Rumors spiked in July 2015 that James would star in a Space Jam sequel after his production company, SpringHill entertainment, signed a partnership deal with Warner Brothers. "I’ve always loved Space Jam. It was one of my favorite movies growing up," James said to address pervasive gossip. "If I have the opportunity, it will be great."
James has previously appeared in Entourage and in Amy Schumer's 2015 comedy Trainwreck.
The first Space Jam, the highest-grossing basketball film of all time, made more than $230 million at the box office and featured Bill Murray, Larry Bird and Charles Barkley. The story followed Jordan, who played himself, as he transitioned from professional basketball to professional baseball, only to get sucked into an intergalactic basketball tournament between the Looney Tunes' Tune Squad and monsters called Nerdlucks. And, with the Tunes' freedom on the line, the stakes were atmospheric.
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