NBA star LeBron James has recruited Black Panther director Ryan Coogler to help produce the upcoming Space Jam sequel.
The long-awaited follow-up to the 1996 animated/live action film, which starred Michael Jordan, Bill Murray and a host of the characters from the Looney Tunes franchise, is now in the very early stages of pre-production. Random Acts of Flyness‘ Terence Nance will direct the movie.
The Hollywood Reporter is today reporting that James, who will play the lead in the sequel, has tapped up Coogler for a production role in the as-yet-untitled Space Jam sequel.
The movie will see Coogler, who received plenty of acclaim for his work on Black Panther, embark on his first project since his success with the Marvel movie earlier this year.
Production is set to begin in earnest in 2019 during the NBA off-season, according to The Hollywood Reporter
“The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie,” James told the publication. “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 [with Black Panther].”
James has just signed with the Los Angeles Lakers, and is now set to make his first starring role in a movie with the sequel. He previously appeared in the Amy Schumer film Trainwreck back in 2015.