Space Jam 2: LeBron James to star, Ryan Coogler to Produce | Def Pen
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Space Jam 2 is coming and the NBA’s new content king of is officially marking his territory on the franchise. A post on social media by the LeBron James led Spring Hill Entertainment sparked the excitement following months of rumors about LeBron James being the new star of the franchise.

If the tweet wasn’t enough, James spoke to The Hollywood Reporter about the decision to bring Coogler into the fold.

In his first project since directing the record-breaking Black Panther, Ryan Coogler is teaming with LeBron James on the long-anticipated follow-up to the Michael Jordan-Bugs Bunny hit Space Jam, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

“I loved his vision” for Black Panther, James tells The Hollywood Reporter, noting that when he was a kid growing up in Akron, Ohio, there were no black superheroes. “So for Ryan to be able to bring that to kids, it’s amazing.”

“The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie,” says James, “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.”

Filming for the movie is set to begin in the summer of 2019.

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