The ’90s Are Alive: Justin Lin to Direct ‘Space Jam’ Sequel Starring LeBron James


Thank the Lord for nostalgia! Finally, Hollywood has learned to harness the one thing all Americans love, and has so decided to resurrect ’96 classic Space Jam, the animation-meets-real-life movie that pit Michael Jordan against intergalactic space aliens in an epic game of all-star basketball. In the sequel, Jordan will be replaced by another superstar athlete, LeBron James. The movie will be directed by Justin Lin, who helmed a few Fast & Furious films, as well as True Detective‘s second season, and the upcoming Star Trek Beyond.

A sequel to Space Jam would ideally be all of those things wrapped into one, plus Bugs Bunny, so Lin seems to definitely be the right man for the job. Andrew Dodge, who wrote Jason Bateman’s directorial debut, Bad Words, is penning this screenplay, too, but let’s hope no bad words creep into this script! Space Jam was a family-friendly picture, and the sequel should be the same, regardless of the willy-nilly morals of 2016. Though, we would pay good money to see Bugs throw an f-bomb, so, on second thought…

Anyway, the production of this one is still in the very early stages, so, no, we don’t know if Bill Murray is going to show up in an umbrella hat and save the day again, but it’s not likely, unless one of the Coppolas or Wes Anderson decide to throw a twee hat into the ring.