As a millennial himself, basketball superstar LeBron James must have enjoyed watching “Space Jam” when the animated movie was released in theaters in 1996.
During that time, James was about 12 years old.
He must certainly have found himself awed by living basketball legend, Michael Jordan’s, capability to shoot basketball hoops and at the same time entertain the young audiences.
In the cult classic, the Chicago Bulls guard banded together with a group of Looney Tunes characters, including the iconic Bugs Bunny.
They defeated a group of gigantic aliens called the Monstars in a basketball match. The first “Space Jam” movie was certainly a box office success because it grossed a whopping $230 million worldwide.
This year, James has confirmed that he will be starring in the “Space Jam” sequel. He disclosed that starting June 17, the filming of the movie will commence in California.
Speaking during the National Basketball Association (NBA) All-Star Weekend in Charlotte, North Carolina recently, the Los Angeles Lakers captain shared that he will be teaming up with the characters of Looney Tunes the same way that Jordan did 23 years ago.
“Space Jam 2” will be the first time that James will appear on a lead role.
He will also be assuming the executive producer duties because his movie production firm, SpringHill Entertainment, will be producing the half-animated and half-live action movie project together with Warner Brothers.
The 34-year-old face of the NBA shared that he feels humbled that he is taking on the pivotal role in the movie which was first played by the Chicago Bulls legend.
James remarked that “Space Jam” is a very important project for him.
The four-time NBA Most Valuable Player awardee said that he would like the children who will be seeing his film to know that they are empowered especially if they are laser-focused on achieving their life plans.
James has been featured in “Trainwreck,” the 2015 romantic comedy starring Amy Schumer and Bill Hader, as well as in episodes of “SpongeBob SquarePants” and “Entourage.”
On Thursday, Warner Brothers disclosed that “Space Jam 2” will open in theaters in the summer of next year, July 16, 2021.
Terence Nance, the creator of “Random Acts of Flyness” as seen on HBO will be the film’s director.