The King LeBron James is getting used to having appearances in movies and now with Space Jam 2 in the works, where he will be starring, LBJ will try to replicate his NBA dominance in Hollywood. Nevertheless, things might not be that easy for the 4-time NBA MVP, as external factors could truncate his hopes of having the best players in the NBA playing by his side.
Let’s recall that this year LeBron won’t be participating in the NBA playoffs for the first time in 14 years after he failed to succeed with his new team, the Los Angeles Lakers. Now with more free time, James can put all his efforts into producing the Space Jam sequel, as everything points out he will have to make an extra if he wants things to go well.
Recruiting LBJ’s dream team for the movie appears to be harder at this moment according to The Hollywood Reporter since sneakers rivalries won’t let some of the best players in the league participate in the film. In fact, All-Star players like Stephen Curry, James Harden, and Kevin Durant are unlikely to join James.
‘Space Jam 2’ news 🏀🥕🐰
• Ryan Coogler is rewriting the script
• Steph Curry, James Harden, & Kevin Durant won’t appear in the film largely due to sneaker contracts
• Film will rely less on All-Star hoopers & more on LeBron’s family arc
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Contrary to what people might think, this has to do with sneaker deals and the movie’s script than with James and his persuasion abilities to get big names in the game to join him. In fact, that’s Warner Bros. duty, not James’.
And why a pair of shoes are making so much trouble? Well, Nike is very important to the Space Jam franchise. The first film was based on the “Hare Jordan” commercial, which was directed by Joe Pytka, the same guy who directed the film. With that being said, it will be very hard to see the likes of Stephen Curry (Under Armour contract through 2024) and James Harden (Adidas), sources say.
And even though Kevin Durant is a key member of Team Nike, he is doing his own Hollywood things, including an Apple series, Swagger, based on his life.
So, if you expect to see a movie with the quality of names the first one had, you might want to lower those expectations, as there wouldn’t be many high-quality ballers to see. According to sources, LeBron’s family arc is essential, with a yet-to-be-cast teen character named Dom as the second lead of his team. LeBron’s teams’ managerial issues continue and not only in the NBA, as he has translated that into the big screen now with Space Jam 2.
The filming is expected to start on July for director Terence Nance, a couple of weeks after the NBA finals.