Terence Nance is in advanced negotiations to direct Warner Bros. Pictures’ Space Jam 2, according to TheWrap. The long-gestating project, which previously had Justin Lin attached to direct, is set to star LeBron James.
Nance is an executive producer on HBO‘s Random Acts of Flyness, which premieres this weekend. Andrew Dodge (Bad Words) wrote the script for Space Jam 2.
Released in 1996, the original Space Jam (which still has a website) starred Michael Jordan and had the basketball teaming up with the Looney Tunes. In the film, Bugs Bunny has gotten himself and his Looney Tunes cohorts into a jam by facing off against the Nerdlucks, a grouchy gang of tiny space creatures who land on Earth. The Nerdlucks, dispatched by their boss, the ruthless, belligerent Swackhammer (voiced by Danny DeVito), intend to kidnap and export the Looney Tunes to Moron Mountain, Swackhammer’s failing theme park on the Nerdlucks’ boring planet.
Bugs has challenged the small, weak aliens to a fateful basketball tournament: if the Looney Tunes win, they’ll remain on Earth. But if the aliens win, Bugs and company are headed into the hands of Swackhammer. Michael Jordan has retired from the sport and begun to play baseball — with limited success. But after the Looney Tunes capture Jordan from a golf course, transport him to Looney Tunes Land and explain, in true Looney Tunes style, their predicament, he agrees to join their team.
The 1996 release also starred Billy West, Wayne Knight, and Theresa Randle.