The King has his eye on a few top players to join him in his venture but has yet to close some of those deals
By Nicole Ganglani | Photo from Inquirer Sports
After deciding to take some time off this summer to produce Space Jam 2, LeBron James is reportedly having trouble finding co-stars for the long-awaited sequel. The production of Space Jam 2 begins on Jun. 17.
According to Brian Windhorst of ESPN, James has been reaching out to some of the top players in the league but has yet to close major deals.
According to Brian Windhorst, LeBron James is having trouble convincing players to join him in Space Jam 2 👀 pic.twitter.com/WUrJcoeSy7
— Chris Montano (@gswchris) April 4, 2019
“In all honesty, he’s been recruiting players to come and try to be in Space Jam with him this summer and he hasn’t been able to close some of those deals,” Windhorst said. “He’s recruiting for his movie as well as he is for the Lakers.”
Hoops hype reporter Bryan Kalbrosky said that players don’t want to join Space Jam 2 possibly because the pay offered might not be high enough.
FWIW: I’ve been told star players may not want to act in ‘Space Jam 2’ because the pay may not be high enough to convince top players. But entertainment industry folks have told me the weekly rate I’ve heard being offered is actually a bit high for a cameo. 🏀📽☄️ https://t.co/glyEYtVTDL
— Bryan Kalbrosky (@BryanKalbrosky) April 4, 2019
James, who will also be producing the film, told The Hollywood Reporter last September that his vision for Space Jam is more than just a regular cartoon movie.
“The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie,” says James, “It’s so much bigger. I’d just love for kids to understand how empowered they can feel and how empowered they can be if they don’t just give up on their dreams.”
Whether or not the sequel will be able to live up to its iconic predecessor (which starred the likes of Larry Bird, Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, and Shawn Bradley) will mostly be up to James. Let’s just hope he gets to recruit co-stars soon.
Space Jam 2 is set to hit theatres on Jul. 16, 2021.