LOS ANGELES — Justin Lin is in talks to direct “Space Jam 2,” starring LeBron James, for Warner Bros.
The original starred Michael Jordan, who teamed up with the Looney Tunes cast to battle a group of aliens in an epic basketball game.
Lin and Andrew Dodge are writing the script for the film.
Rumors of a “Space Jam” sequel sparked last summer after James and his company SpringHill Entertainment signed a deal with Warner Bros. James has been compared to Jordan since the NBA all-star entered the league in 2003. Following Jordan’s footsteps on the big screen makes sense for James, as well as the studio, which is constantly looking for material with established brand value.
James made his acting debut in the Judd Apatow comedy “Trainwreck,” where he played himself. He received strong reviews, especially for his comedic timing opposite seasoned vets like Amy Schumer and Bill Hader. He is repped by WME.
Lin, best known for reviving the “Fast and Furious” franchise, is currently in post production on “Star Trek Beyond,” which bows later this summer. He also recently directed an episode in the newest season of HBO’s “True Detective.” He is repped by CAA, Kinetic Management and Sloss Eckhouse.
The news was first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.