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LeBron James on rumors he’s set to star in ‘Space Jam’ sequel: ‘It’s news to me’


It was reported last week that Warner Bros. has begun development of a sequel to the 1996 animated/live action box office smash “Space Jam” and that the film would be a starring vehicle for LeBron James. Unfortunately, sources close to LeBron refuted the rumor over the weekend, stating that no such agreement has been made and that James is not attached to “Space Jam 2,” if such a film is even in development.

Of course, getting LeBron James to sign on would be a major coup for Warner Bros. as the Miami Heat superstar would be the logical replacement for Michael Jordan, who starred in the original film.

Not only that, James went on record to state that if there has been talk of a “Space Jam” sequel, his inclusion in the project is news to him.

Via The Palm Beach Post:

Q. There were conflicting reports about you starring in a Space Jam remake.

JAMES: “It’s news to me. I haven’t heard anything about it. Like I said, I’ve always loved Space Jam 1. It was one of my favorite movies growing up. If I have the opportunity, it’d be great. But that’s news to me. Obviously I don’t want to be on there with this thing on my nose [note: a reference to his currently bandaged, broken nose]. We’ll see what happens.”

Q. No one’s approached you about it?

JAMES: “I haven’t heard about it. Maybe they’ve got it in my office. I haven’t been to my office in a while.”

There’s no reason not to believe James when he says that he’s never heard about it but that does not mean there hasn’t been talk between LeBron’s management and Warner Bros. There is virtually no chance that a major Hollywood studio has floated such an idea and concept without at least gauging LeBron’s interest, even if it only were through his representatives.

Perhaps negotiations are ongoing, but if that was the case, it’s also hard to believe that LeBron hasn’t caught wind of it or that his people would not have clued him in on the fact that something was percolating.

[Eye on Basketball, image via Ball is Life]