Lebron James’ ‘Space Jam 2’ will ‘disrupt everything,’ director says
‘SPACE Jam 2’ director Terence Nance promised the highly anticipated movie featuring Lakers superstar Lebron James will “disrupt everything”.
James is following in the footsteps of Michael Jordan in more ways than one as he prepares to bring ‘Space Jam’ back to the big screen, with the NBA great set to star in the sequel.
Hall of Famer and Bulls great Jordan, who won six NBA titles and six Finals MVP awards, starred in the 1996 original.
With ‘Space Jam 2’ having been confirmed in September, Nance told VICE: “Pretty sure (it’s) going to disrupt everything.
“I’m excited about what … that movie can be.”
James — a three-time NBA champion and fourtime MVP — is no stranger to Hollywood, having featured in Amy Schumer’s 2015 romantic comedy ‘Trainwreck’.
The former Cavaliers star also has a new HBO series, ‘The Shop’ — an unscripted barbershop-set talk show.
“Space Jam is a very unique opportunity because Lebron James is the best basketball player on Earth and a once-in-a-generation performer,” Nance said.
“Whoever the greatest basketball player of the next generation is going to be, they are probably not going to also be a great actor.”
James is sidelined with a groin injury he suffered in the Lakers’ win over the Warriors on Christmas Day./foxsports.ph
To prevent other players from going down the same road, PBA Commissioner Willie Marcial said the league will soon crack down heavy penalties to guilty parties.
“Meroon ng proposal sa board kung anong gagawin. Kung suspension, kung iba-ban ba sila. Kung ilang taon ba sila pwede maglaro. By this next board meeting, January 31 ita-tackle na namin yan,” Marcial told FOX Sports PH during the PBA Media Day on Thursday.
For instance, NBA players would think twice before going on an extended absence due to the massive fines and repercussions that are sure to come their way. Marcial added that the league might even impose incredibly long bans to make sure players will be held accountable for their decisions.
“Di lang fine. Bago sila makabalik siguro mga five or seven years bago sila makalaro ulit. Yun ang nasa table,” he shared.
Aside from the issues surrounding players going AWOL, the PBA executive also stressed upon several key changes in officiating this season — particularly Fiba’s rule on goaltending and traveling violations.
“Well, makakabalis itong mga bagong rules. One, goaltending. Hindi na panay angal yung coaches kasi rere-viewhin naman natin habang naglalaro sila. Yung traveling calls, mas mapapabilis din. Halos wala na ngang traveling pag sa atin e. Ginawa natin yun kasi nakita namin sa FIBA, disadavantage yang mga players natin, kasi pwede pa palang isang step malilibre sila,” he bared.
The 44th season of PBA opens on January 13 at the Philippine Arena in Bulacan./foxsports.ph