NEW YORK: The LeBron James-led sequel to 1996 blockbuster Space Jam has been titled Space Jam: A New Legacy, the professional basketball player has announced.
James posted a brief video of himself wearing a hat on his Instagram with the logo of Space Jam: A New Legacy. He also announced that the movie will be released in 2021.
The project is being directed by Malcolm D. Lee, best known for helming the 2017 comedy Girls Trip. Star Trek: Discovery actor Sonequa Martin-Green and Avengers: Endgame star Don Cheadle will also feature alongside James.
The NBA star and his business partner Maverick Carter are also producing the movie alongside Black Panther director Ryan Coogler and Duncan Henderson.
The original 1996 live-action/animated film featured Michael Jordan in the lead. In the movie, Jordan teams up with Bugs Bunny and his Looney Tunes gang to defeat evil alien basketball players.
A sequel to Space Jam has been on-and-off since 1997. Warner Bros. eventually officially announced the development of a sequel staring American basketball player LeBron James in 2014.
While release dates are being pushed back and productions paused in the wake of the coronavirus crisis, LeBron James recently told a podcast that the film has “always been scheduled to come out in June of 2021, so we’re kind of ok. And a lot of it right now is animation, so being indoors is actually great for us. So we’re still on.”
The film is slated for release in 2021 and expected to combine live-action and animation like the original. Despite mixed reviews, the film became the highest-grossing basketball film of all time.
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