‘Space Jam 2’ Gets a Wakandan Touch

It’s been rumored since Michael last laced his Jordans on screen and destroyed the Monstars to the tune of ‘Fly Like An Eagle.’

When is Space Jam 2 coming?

Before we get into the answer to that question, let’s dribble down Amnesia Lane:

The Hollywood Reporter (THR) has it on good authority — and made it an exclusive — that Space Jam 2 is indeed on the way, starring LeBron Jomes (and partly executive produced by his company) and directed by none other than Ryan Coogler.

Most significantly, this will be the first movie under Coogler’s keen eye of direction since he tackled Black Panther. 

“I loved his vision” for Black Panther, James tells The Hollywood Reporter, noting that when he was a kid growing up in Akron, Ohio, there were no black superheroes. “So for Ryan to be able to bring that to kids, it’s amazing.”

Not for nothing, someone who writes for THR understands the sporting angle of this movie news well. There has been a dyed-in-the-wool debate about who is the G.O.A.T. — Jordan or James, MJ or LeBron.

Given Michael Jordan’s involvement with the first movie in 1996, this will only serve to continue the discussion. Both players were the incomparable greatest players in their sport of their generation. Both work to empower the future of the sport.

“The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie,” says James, “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.”

And now, they both have the same movie with Bugs Bunny. The first one directed by Pepsi commercial ingenue Joe Pytka (Yes, look it up). The second by the visionary of Wakanda.

ADVANTAGE: LeBron (there, I said it.)

 

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