Justin Lin Directing LeBron James in SPACE JAM 2
Let's get something out of the way right up front. I was the perfect age to absolutely love Space Jam when it first came out. I saw it in theaters, got the soundtrack, and was entranced by the combination of live-action and animation. But if you've taken the time to rewatch the movie any time after the late '90s, you'll come to the same realization as everyone else: Space Jam is a godawful movie. You can only let nostalgia blind you for so long before you have to face some harsh truths in life, and this is one of them.
So the idea of Space Jam 2, which has been floating around as a starring vehicle concept for superstar LeBron James for years at this point, doesn't exactly fill me with warm and fuzzy feelings. When it does inevitably happen, it may not be aimed at my demographic any more, but I'm sure kids will love it just as I loved the original when I saw it at a young age.
THR reports that the sequel is one step closer to happening, since Fast & Furious and Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin is in talks to direct. He and Andrew Dodge (Bad Words) are working on the screenplay as we speak, and James is set to star. James had a supporting role in Amy Schumer's Trainwreck last year, and was surprisingly great, so I'm guessing he'll give a better performance than Michael Jordan did in the original.
The first movie, of course, centered on Jordan being sucked into the world of Looney Tunes and leading a team of toons in a game of basketball against alien invaders known as the MonStars. No word yet on the storyline for the sequel, but I'm guessing we haven't seen the last of the MonStars. I also wouldn't rule out a cameo for Jordan, because that just seems like the kind of thing that would happen here.