Los Angeles, Sep 20 (PTI) Ryan Coogler has come on board to produce “Space Jam 2”, featuring professional basketball player LeBron James.Also Read - Actor Ranveer Singh Named NBA Brand Ambassador For India

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the “Black Panther” director will back the sequel to the 1996 film, which will be helmed by Terence Nance. Production on the long-anticipated follow-up to the Michael Jordan-Bugs Bunny hit is tentatively slated for 2019, during the NBA off-season. Also Read - New IT Rules: Big Win For News Channels as Kerala High Court Orders no 'Coercive Action' For Not Following New IT Laws

This will be James’ first starring role after a successful turn as a supporting character in Amy Schumer’s “Trainwreck” (2015). Also Read - Indian Cricket Team Has Now More Instagram Followers Than NBA Champions LA Lakers

“Space Jam” was a live-action/animated film that mashed up Looney Tunes characters with basketball stars and aliens.

Bugs Bunny is expected to return for the sequel.

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