Space Jam 2 is on the way with LeBron James taking over the role Michael Jordan made famous.
Or maybe it isn’t.
Reports spread on Friday that the Miami Heat star was signed on for a sequel to the beloved 1996 movie starring Jordan and Bugs Bunny taking on a squad of aliens. The report came from Deadline.com, normally a solid source of news out of Hollywood.
The report claimed that Space Jam 2 was being pushed by broadcasting veteran Dick Ebersol, with Charlie Ebersol on to produce the movie and a script from his brother Willie Ebersol.
The report noted:
“Another Space Jam film? Why not? The first film, which broke ground for Warner Bros and starred then-Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan and a slew of other top NBA players, ended up grossing $230M worldwide for the studio and even launched a kids TV series.”
But the Space Jam 2 rumor was quickly quashed by LeBron James and his team, which denied that the Heat star was signed on for the project.
Well it was fun while it lasted. LeBron sources refute Deadline report, there’s no Space Jam 2 or Warner Bros. project in works
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) February 22, 2014
The Space Jam 2 project would been seen as a big development for LeBron James, giving the star a major entertainment vehicle. James has another move in the works with Kevin Hart, Ballers.
This is not the first time that Space Jam 2 rumors have circulated around LeBron James. Back in November, a fan-made poster showing James along with a logo for the hypothetical sequel spread on the internet, somehow turning into a rumor that LeBron was really on board for the project.
But there may be at least a kernel of truth to the reports. In a Q&A session with the Miami Heat star last year, LeBron James admitted he would love to do a Space Jam 2 movie if he could. So there’s always a chance.