It’s been close to 20 years since the release of of the highest-grossing basketball movie of all time was released, Space Jam. After plenty of rumours were flying around last year about a possible sequel, we can all let out a sigh of relief, as a second Space Jam movie has now been confirmed.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the movie has been in pre-development stages and was waiting to sign on a director before they really went forward. It is now being reported that Justin Lin has been confirmed as the director of the upcoming film. Lin previously directed Fast & Furious 6, as well as the latest Star Trek film: Star Trek Beyond.
But who is going to be filling Michael Jordan’s (very large) shoes? Well after already appearing in a major film and being the all-around basketball star that he is, LeBron James is likely going to pick up the starring role, along side the animated Looney Tune gang.
The original Space Jam — which saw MJ, Bugs Bunny, and the rest of the Tune Squad face-off against aliens in a game of basketball to determine their freedom — grossed close to $230 million internationally.
The hype has been real for some time, as this cult-classic half-animated half-live-action movie inspired a generation. Just last year, a live reading of the script was done during the Toronto International Film Festival to celebrate the 20th anniversary.
There it is. Space Jam sequel is a go. Grab your Tune Squad jersey, lace up your Nikes and take a sip of Michael Jordan’s “secret stuff,”—it’s go time.