Justin Lin in Talks to Direct ‘Space Jam 2’ Starring LeBron James

Andrew Dodge will write the Warner Bros. sequel, which is expected to be another live-action/animation hybrid

Last Updated: May 2, 2016 @ 3:04 PM

Justin Lin is in early talks to direct “Space Jam 2” starring LeBron James, an individual familiar with the Warner Bros. project has told TheWrap.

Andrew Dodge (“Bad Words”) will write the script with input from Lin, though the project remains in early development and isn’t ready for tip-off just yet. Charlie Ebersol developed a previous iteration of the project and is expected to be involved in some kind of producing capacity should the sequel move forward.

James recently signed a production deal with Warner Bros. and “Space Jam 2” is being developed with the Cleveland Cavaliers forward in mind, though he’ll need to approve the script before officially signing on to star. Other basketball players are expected to cameo, though it’s currently unclear whether Bill Murray will return.

Michael Jordan starred in the original “Space Jam,” which grossed $230 million worldwide. The Chicago Bulls guard led a team of Looney Tunes characters, including Bugs Bunny, against a squad of giant aliens.

Lin directed four films in the “Fast & Furious” franchise and has “Star Trek Beyond” opening this summer. He also directed the first two episodes of the second season of HBO’s “True Detective.”

Lin and Dodge are already developing a couple of projects including a TV drama for HBO and an untitled cop comedy. The Hollywood Reporter broke the “Space Jam 2” news.

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