BLACK PANTHER's Ryan Coogler Joins LeBron's SPACE JAM Sequel

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LeBron James and Maverick Carter's SpringHill Entertainment has confirmed the news on Twitter, posting an image of a locker room that will make any Space Jam fan jump for joy.

LeBron "Hollywood" James is in full effect.

Black Panther director Ryan Cooler will produce the untitled Space Jam film and Terrence Nance, creator of HBO's experimental series, Random Acts of Flyness, will serve as director. "There's the sad, abandoned internet, but with Space Jam, there's nothing about it that's that".

The movie marks James' first major acting role.

Coogler made history this year as "Black Panther" totaled $1.34 billion at the global box office to become the highest grossing film ever made by a black director.

Production on Space Jam is tentatively set to begin in 2019 in between National Basketball Association seasons.

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James has previously been vocal with his praise for Coogler and "Black Panther", a Marvel blockbuster featuring a primarily black cast and a black superhero. Nance was reportedly tapped to direct last month.

"I loved his vision", James told The Hollywood Reporter of the acclaimed Coogler, who also directed "Creed" and "Fruitvale Station". "It's so much bigger". Last week, it was revealed a sitcom script based on the story of Aussie baller Ben Simmons' family was sold to NBC, further indicating James' trajectory from basketball deity to cultural mainstay.

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LeBron James, left, and Ryan Coogler. And Andrew Dodge ("Bad Words") wrote the script. Charlie Ebersol developed a previous iteration of the project and is expected to be involved in some kind of producing capacity, should the sequel move forward.

"Three films for the price of one, giving us a comic treatment of the career adventures of Michael Jordan, crossed with a Looney Tunes cartoon and some showbiz warfare".

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