The sequel to the 1996 live-action/animation hybrid hit Space Jam, which will feature LeBron James in the leading role, has just scored a big name in the producer’s chair: Creed and Black Panther director Ryan Coogler. In addition to Coogler as the film’s producer, Random Acts of Flyness creator Terence Nance will serve as its director. Therefore, this will now join the upcoming Creed II in the list of producing projects for Coogler.
After the record-breaking numbers and unanimous praise that Black Panther received earlier this year, Coogler has become one of the most prolific young filmmakers of the past few years. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, LeBron James expressed his passion for Coogler’s achievement and the Space Jam sequel itself:
“The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie. 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.”
The movie is slated to begin production the following year, and there is no release date as of yet. However, it will be interesting to see how Coogler’s presence will affect the final product. It is not clear at the moment whether he will solely fund a portion of the film or involve himself in the film’s creative choices.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter