Previously, it was announced that basketball star turned actor LeBron James would be starring and executive producing Space Jam 2 for Warner Bros. with Black Panther’s Ryan Coogler also producing and newcomer Terence Nance directing it.
Variety now reports that the animated/live-action hybrid film would land a massive $21.8 million tax credit as the production is heading to California. James’ home happens to be in the state and he’s recently joined the Los Angeles Lakers making everything very convenient for the star of the film. Some other upcoming productions shooting in California include Birds of Prey and Mouse Guard.
Hopefully, they’ll be able to keep the 2D animation style of the original film while also updating the technology. There is an expectation that the film could begin filming next spring/summer. A release date in 2020 seems very likely unless post-production will push it to 2021.
Swackhammer, an evil alien theme park owner, needs a new attraction at Moron Mountain. When his gang, the Nerdlucks, heads to Earth to kidnap Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes, Bugs challenges them to a basketball game to determine their fate. The aliens agree, but they steal the powers of NBA basketball players, including Larry Bird and Charles Barkley — so Bugs gets some help from superstar Michael Jordan.