James has spoken positively in the past about the possibility of starring in a 'Space Jam' sequel
Rumours of a Space Jam sequel are swirling again after basketball star LeBron James signed a major entertainment deal with Warner Bros.
Last year it was reported 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. James’ representatives swiftly dismissed the report, but the basketball star has since spoken positively about the idea, saying: “I’ve always loved Space Jam. It was one of my favourite movies growing up. If I have the opportunity, it will be great.”
Now James is earning rave reviews for his first significant acting role in Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck, which opened in the US on Friday (July 17), and last night (July 22) Warner Bros. announced that it has entered into a partnership with the basketball star’s production company, SpringHill Entertainment, which will encompass film, TV and digital content.
“LeBron James has one of the most powerful, well-known brands in the world and we are excited to be in business with him and his partner, Maverick Carter, and SpringHill Entertainment,” Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara said in a statement. “The combination of LeBron’s global media presence and Warner Bros.’ unmatched production and distribution expertise is a big win for fans everywhere.”
Though Warner Bros.’ statement made no mention of Space Jam 2, the company is known to have filed new trademarks relating to the film franchise in June. James took to Twitter last night to celebrate his deal with Warner Bros. but has yet to mention Space Jam 2 either.