Because the internet has spent years willing it into existence, the “Space Jam” sequel starring LeBron James is really starting to seem like a real thing.
Justin Lin, best known for several entries in the “Fast and the Furious” series, will direct the movie, and Andrew Dodge will write, according to sources cited by The Hollywood Reporter.
James, as we all know, was one of the best parts of “Trainwreck,” and we’re sold as anything involving the words “fast” and “furious.”
Dodge actually might be the most interesting name here; his main credit right now is “Bad Words,” a funny, small, pretty vulgar movie starring Jason Bateman as an adult spelling-bee participant. It’d be cool to see what he does with a script aimed at LeBron James and Bugs Bunny, if nothing else.
Again: To have an attached star, writer and director, a movie has to have a fairly decent shot of actually happening. The wheels have been turning here for a while; last summer, James and his company SpringHill Entertainment signed a TV/film deal with Warner Brothers, which owns the rights to the Looney Tunes.
So, while nobody should believe this will actually go down until they start filming, it seems like the odds are good. Whether it’s a good idea, rather than something nostalgia-obsessed internet folk simply like thinking about, remains to be seen.