While we are still a considerable ways away from the release of Space Jam 2, news surrounding LeBron James’ anticipated followup to the 1996 original continues to roll in. This week we find out that Malcolm D. Lee is replacing Terence Nance as the director for the picture. Lee, of Girls Trip and Night School, will be working alongside Black Panther filmmaker Ryan Coogler, who is producing Space Jam 2.
Previously, Space Jam 2 received an official poster and release date for fans to look forward to. LeBron James’ production company SpringHill Entertainment shared the poster on Twitter and revealed that we can expect the movie to arrive on July 16, 2021.
The news comes after James confirmed to The Crossover that the movie will finally start filming this summer. Space Jam 2 is the long-awaited sequel to the classic 1996 Looney Tunes basketball movie Space Jam, which starred NBA legend Michael Jordan, Bill Murray, and a welter of cartoon icons. James will replace Jordan in the lead role for the sequel and is also the film’s executive producer.
This isn’t the first time James has tried his hand at acting. Aside from the usual commercials, the LA Lakers star had a role in Amy Schumer’s 2015 movie Trainwreck, as well as small parts in TV shows such as Entourage and SpongeBob SquarePants.
James’ production company SpringHill Entertainment is producing the film alongside Warner Bros., which produced the original.