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LeBron James, Ryan Coogler to team up for new ‘Space Jam’ film


LeBron “Hollywood” James is in full effect.

SpringHill Entertainment, which was founded by James and Maverick Carter, officially announced a new “Space Jam”movie will be happening and feature the Los Angeles Lakers’ star player. The film will be produced by Ryan Coogler, who is best known for his work on “Black Panther,” “Creed” and “Fruitvale Station.”

“The ‘Space Jam’ collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie,” James told 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. And I think Ryan did that for a lot of people.”

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Carter and James both stressed their movie is not a sequel to the 1996 movie “Space Jam.” While several NBA players are expected to make cameos in the new “Space Jam” movie, it is unclear if the star of 1996’s film — Michael Jordan — will appear in this new edition.

ESPN’s Dave McMenamin reports via Twitter that Jordan’s involvement in the film is at best, unclear, right now. 

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