The world of Space Jam is heading back to the big screen as the long-awaited sequel is officially in development.
The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Fast & Furious 6 and Star Trek Beyond helmer, Justin Lin, is currently writing the script for the follow-up to the 1996 film Space Jam starring Michael Jordan, with co-writers Andrew Dodge and Alfredo Botello. Lin is also looking to direct and produce, and sources say he will be thoroughly involved in the creative development of the project.
It's also been reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers forward, LeBron James, who recently appeared in the Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck, is also in talks to star in the sequel, but nothing's been locked down as of yet.
Rumors of a follow-up to the live-action/animated 1996 hit have been circulating for years but picked up steam in July when James and his company, SpringHill Entertainment, signed a deal with Warner Bros.
The first film, which earned $230.4 million worldwide, featured Michael Jordan teaming up with a collection of Looney Tunes characters to play a game of basketball against aliens threatening their freedom.
Lin helmed four of the Fast & Furious films, starting with 2006’s The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift through 2013’s Fast & Furious 6. He also directed Star Trek Beyond, which is slated to hit theaters on July 22. Lin's other credits include 2002’s Better Luck Tomorrow and episodes of True Detective and Scorpion.
Lin is working with Andrew Dodge on a couple of projects, so it looks like the duo wants to continue that streak with Space Jam 2. They've teamed up on an untitled cop comedy, which Lin will produce with Dodge writing.
No plot details or production schedule have been announced as of yet, but, as soon as they are, we will let you know! What do you think of Lebron stepping into those famous Jordans?