If you thought professional basketball players and cartoon characters forming an alliance for intergalactic basketball supremacy was just a “90s thing” think again. After years of speculation, the Looney Tunes are finally lacing up with current NBA superstar Lebron James.
According to a photo tweeted by James’ Springhill Entertainment on Wednesday, ‘Space Jam 2’ finally has a starting lineup.
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— SpringHill Ent. (@SpringHillEnt) September 19, 2018
The picture features a locker room with some pretty prominent names: Lebron James will play/star alongside Bugs Bunny. Black Panther director Ryan Coogler will produce and Terrence Nance (creator of HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness) will be in the director’s chair.
In an interview with the Hollywood Reporter, James described how impressed he was with Black Panther and Coogler’s artistic vision:
“The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie. It’s so much bigger. I’d just love for kids to understand how empowered they can feel and how empowered they can be if they don’t just give up on their dreams. And I think Ryan did that for a lot of people.”
No other details have accompanied the announcement (like whether or not Bill Murray has been contacted) but work on the film is expected to begin in 2019.
— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) September 19, 2018