Warner Bros. is setting the highly anticipated sequel to Michael Jordan’s cult hit “Space Jam” to hit theaters in the summer of 2021.
“Space Jam 2,” the studio announced on Thursday, is slated for a July 16, 2021 release.
The film will star Los Angeles Lakers star LeBron James in the lead role. The NBA all-star teamed up with “Black Panther” director Ryan Coogler to produce the film with James’ production company, SpringHill Entertainment.
TheWrap previously exclusively reported that Terence Nance, the filmmaker behind HBO’s “Random Acts of Flyness,” will direct.
“Fast and Furious” director Justin Lin was previously in talks to direct, but will now serve as the film’s executive producer. Andrew Dodge (“Bad Words”) wrote the script. Charlie Ebersol developed a previous iteration of the project and is expected to be involved in some kind of producing capacity.
Other basketball players are expected to cameo, though it’s currently unclear whether Bill Murray will return.
Jordan starred with Murray 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 alien Monstars.