Malcolm D. Lee will be taking over as the director of Warner Bros. and SpringHill Entertainment's Space Jam 2, the sports comedy sequel that was originally going to be directed by Terence Nance, who has now departed the project.
Nance and the producers simply had differing visions for the movie, according to Deadline, which lead to the amicable agreement to switch directors. Both Lee and Nance are well versed in comedy productions; Lee is known for directing comedy movies such as Night School (2018) and Girls Trip (2017), while Nance created the sketch comedy show Random Acts of Flyness (2018) for HBO.
The original Space Jam, directed by Joe Pytka, was released in 1996. The animation/live-action hybrid saw Michael Jordan team up with iconic Looney Tunes characters to battle against aliens in a basketball match. This time around, though, another NBA legend will be taking center stage in the sequel, as LeBron James will be both starring in the movie and producing it under his SpringHill Entertainment label.
Space Jam 2 is directed by Malcolm D. Lee and produced by Ryan Coogler, LeBron James, Duncan Henderson and Maverick Carter. It stars LeBron James, Don Cheadle and Sonequa Martin-Green and is set to release July 16, 2021.