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‘Space Jam 2’ script reportedly undergoing rewrite

Purported issues with the script for “Space Jam 2” has resulted in it undergoing a rewrite, arguably a troubling development with production set to get underway this summer.

Ryan Coogler, the co-writer and director of the Marvel Cinematic Universe blockbuster “Black Panther” — not to mention co-writer and director of “Rocky” sequel “Creed” — is said to be behind the rewrite, along with Sev Ohanian (“Searching”). Coogler is also attached to the “Space Jam 2” project as producer, as is the film’s star, LeBron James, among others.

It is believed, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s Tatiana Siegel, that the rewrite was necessary due to the perception that NBA stars who conceivably could sign on to the project would have issues with it.

The script is said to also rely “less heavily on a Dream Team of hoops luminaries,” as was the case with the Michael Jordan-starring original. Instead, James’ “family arc” will be the script’s focus.

Warner Bros., ultimately responsible for casting, reportedly is having difficulty recruiting top NBA talent to appear in the film with James. The involvement of Stephen Curry and James Harden is said to be “nearly impossible” due to their affiliation with sneaker brands not named Nike.

Milwaukee Bucks star Giannis Antetokounmpo has also stated he has no interest in appearing in the film, although his reasons are much more personal and practical in nature.

It would be an overstatement to suggest that the “Space Jam 2” project is troubled, but between the inability at this point to lure big-name NBA stars to appear in the film and the script rewrite, it’s safe to say things are not going as smoothly as expected or desired.

Either way, “Space Jam 2” is slated for release in the summer of 2021.