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'Beyond' Director To Retread Familiar Territory ... Again

Justin Lin is set to do a sequel to Michael Jordan's 'Space Jam'

It's been 20 years since Michael Jordan slipped on his Air Jordans and showed some Jordan with Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.

Now "Star Trek: Beyond" director Justin Lin hopes to recreate magic again, this time with NBA star LeBron James.

Lin is prepping a sequel to the 1996 basketball Looney Tunes film "Space Jam," bringing back all the popular Warner Bros. cartoons, but this time with a new star. He's working with writers Andrew Dodge and Alfredo Botello to develop a script, and possibly have something going for next year.

James, the high-profile forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers, worked out a deal with Warner Bros. last year to move forward on "Space Jam 2," according to The Hollywood Reporter. It would be James' second foray into movies, after making a cameo in "Trainwreck" with Amy Schumer last year. James also has voiced himself in several television series, including "Entourage," "SpongeBob SquarePants," "The LeBrons" and "Teen Titans Go."

Dodge has a few projects in the work after the Jason Bateman-directed "Bad Words" in 2013, including a television series for HBO, and a comedy movie project outside of "Space Jam 2" with Lin. Botello is listed on Internet Movie Database as a consultant to "Beyond," although his exact role is not spelled out.

Botello also helped craft the story for last year's independent comedy "Hollywood Adventures" with former "Mr. Belvedere" child star Brice Beckham.

The original "Space Jam" was filmed on an $80 million budget — quite high for a movies in the 1990s, even after "Titanic." However, it was a win for Warner Bros., earning $250.1 million at the world box office, according to The Numbers despite being panned by critics. That film was directed by Joe Pytka, better known for his documentaries on celebrities like Michael Jackson and Britney Spears.

The first "Space Jam" was created after a series of commercials featuring Jordan and Looney Tunes characters were made popular by Nike — the company that produces the highly popular Air Jordans.

Lin is still doing promotion work for "Beyond," which hits theaters July 22.

Source: The Hollywood Reporter


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