The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed*that the first project Ryan Coogler will produce post the ground-breaking success of Black Panther, will be the sequel to Space Jam. A while back, it was confirmed that LeBron James would be taking over dunking duties from Michael Jordan for the follow up.
Terence Nance, who directed the experimental film The Oversimplification of Her Beauty and created HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness, will direct. Production is tentatively slated for 2019 on the Warner Bros. film and will occur during the NBA’s off-season.
James, noting to The Hollywood Reporter that there were not any black superheroes when he grew up, said: “I loved his vision. So, for Ryan to be able to bring that to kids, it’s amazing.”
Locking down Coogler is a coup for the studio and Nance. Not only did Coogler direct both Creed and Fruitvale Nation, but he is one of the industry’s most sought-after artists due to the record-breaking success of Black Panther. That latter film is currently the highest grossing domestic film of the year and it will likely stay that way (It’s even beat Avengers: Infinity War’s $678 million domestic with a $700 million total).
“The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie,” James continued to The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
While no release date has been made official, Space Jam 2 should arrive in theatres in 2020.