The behind-the-scenes scrambling of ‘Space Jam 2’ continue. The latest shakeup is Malcolm D. Lee stepping aboard as director, replacing Terence Nance (‘Random Acts of Flyness’). Nance’s departure is reportedly amicable and that his vision for the reboot was simply different from what the producers wanted.
Lee has extensive experience with comedy, particularly those directed at the African American community, having directed ‘Scary Movie 5’, ‘The Best Man Holiday’, ‘Barbershop: The Next Cut’, ‘Girl’s Trip’, and ‘Night School’. So his track record may give an idea of the tone to expect with ‘Space Jam 2’. Of course, that film, starring the Looney Tunes characters, will likely not be quite as risqué as his past work.
It was announced in early April that Ryan Coogler was re-writing the script and would serve as producer. LeBron James will star in this picture, along with Sonequa Martin-Green, and Don Cheadle recently signed on to co-star. James is also producing under his SpringHill Entertainment banner. Expect numerous cameos from the NBA and WNBA, reportedly including Anthony Davis, Klay Thompson, Damian Lillard, Diana Taurasi, and sisters Chiney and Nneka Ogwumike.
Eric Bauza is the current voice of Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Marvin the Martian, Pepé Le Pew, and Tweety Bird in various projects, and he is confirmed to be voicing Bugs and Daffy in ‘Space Jam 2’. It’s unknown if the other characters don’t appear, if other actors will voice them, or if it just hasn’t been revealed that Bauza will voice them.
Lola Bunny, who was introduced in the original movie, and Porky Pig are also known to be in it, but their voices haven’t been revealed.
The first ‘Space Jam’ was released in 1996 and starred Michael Jordan, who was wrangled into playing a cosmic basketball game alongside the Looney Tunes against the evil Mon-Stars. Bill Murray and ‘Seinfeld’s Wayne Knight also appeared in comedic roles, while the picture also featured NBA cameos from Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing and more. That movie made $230.4 million.
‘Space Jam 2’ is supposed to be released on July 16, 2021. At this rate, we’ll see…