LeBron James’ sequel to the hit 90’s Looney Tunes/NBA crossover Space Jam has found a new director.
Malcolm D. Lee, best known for 2017’s Girls Trip, will helm the film. Lee’s other directorial credits include Night School, The Best Man and The Best Man Holiday, and Undercover Brother.
Lee replaces Terence Nance, who was previously set to direct the LeBron James sequel. The original Space Jam released in 1996 and featured basketball legend Michael Jordan crossing over with classic Looney Tunes characters such as Bugs Bunny and the gang.
Lee’s recent films Night School and Girls Trip have debuted successfully at the box office, making more than enough to cover for the films’ budgets, with Girls Trip receiving an impressive 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.
Space Jam 2 is set to star basketball stars such as LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul, and Diana Taurasi as well as Hollywood stars Don Cheadle and Sonequa Martin-Green. Voice actor Eric Bauza will voice both Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. Lola Bunny, as well as the rest of the Looney Tunes squad has yet to be cast. The film will be produced by Black Panther director Ryan Coogler, who wrote the script with Searching‘s Sev Ohanian.
Space Jam 2 releases July 16, 2021.