James has been linked to a belated 'Space Jam' sequel since 2014
Fast & Furious veteran Justin Lin could direct the long-rumoured Space Jam sequel starring UK basketball icon LeBron James.
Lin is one of three screenwriters now working on the sequel’s script, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and is said to be “eyeing” the director’s seat too.
It was first reported in 2014 that Warner Bros. was planning a belated sequel to its hit 1996 comedy, with James stepping into original star Michael Jordan’s shoes alongside a host of popular Looney Tunes characters.
Rumours reignited when James signed a major entertainment deal with Warner Bros in July 2015. Asked about the Space Jam 2 rumours by a fan on Twitter that month, James replied teasingly: “Maybe…….Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.”
James – a four times NBA MVP (Most Valuable Player) – earned rave reviews for his first significant acting role in Amy Schumer’s acclaimed comedy film Trainwreck, which was also released last July. James played a fictionalised and surprisingly stingy version of himself, co-starring alongside Schumer, Tilda Swinton, Saturday Night Live‘s Bill Hader and 21 Jump Street‘s Brie Larson.
As well as directing four of the Fast & Furious films, Justin Lin directed this year’s Star Trek Beyond, which hits cinemas on July 22.