LeBron James having trouble recruiting ‘top players’ for ‘Space Jam 2’?
LeBron James is coming off a surprisingly disappointing first season in L.A., and now it sounds like the Lakers superstar’s summer isn’t shaping up as well as expected, either.
“Space Jam 2”, in which James stars and also serves as one if its executive producers, is set to begin filming this summer. The highly anticipated film is already being confronted with a peculiar issue, however, as James reportedly is having difficulty luring “top players” to join him in the picture.
Brian Windhorst reported the development Thursday on ESPN.
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
Perhaps James can use the full-length basketball court he’s installing on the set as an enticement to convince his colleagues to come aboard.
The inability to get big-time NBA players to appear in the movie must be something of blow to James’ ego, as the Michael Jordan-starring original was able to land some of the biggest stars of the era, including Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Shawn Bradley, Patrick Ewing, Larry Johnson and Muggsy Bogues, among others.
Hoops Hype’s Bryan Kalbrosky reports that the issue plaguing James’ recruiting efforts may be related to compensation.
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
Either way, “Space Jam 2” is slated for release in the summer of 2021.
Interestingly, James’ inability to convince NBA superstars to join him in “Space Jam 2” is in a way a case of art imitating life. A recent report suggests the presence of James is seen as a liability, not an asset, in the Lakers’ efforts to lure top-tier free agents.