While the original Space Jam wasn't exactly a knockout hit with critics, it was a staple for just about any '90s kid with at least a passing interest in basketball or cartoons. Given the absolute assault the TV and music worlds have been making on that generation lately, it only makes sense for film to dig even deeper than it normally does in the nostalgia department. The latest example is confirmation of a long-brewing rumor: according to The Hollywood Reporter, Space Jam 2 is happening, and LeBron James will star.
Although plenty of naysayers claim a sequel with LeBron is a bad idea, they aren't the ones who would profit from such a scenario actually taking place. Beyond that, the NBA giant is actually a decent comedic actor, as displayed by his supporting role next to Amy Schumer and Bill Hader in Trainwreck.
Justin Lin, the director behind four Fast & Furious movies, has signed on to co-write with Andrew Dodge and Alfredo Botello, and potentially direct and produce through his Perfect Storm Entertainment company. It's not clear if the sequel's story will be similar to the original, in which Michael Jordan joined up with an assortment of Looney Tunes characters to take down a basketball team of alien "Monstars." Regardless, hopefully, Bill Murray is up for another cameo and plays defense this time.