There’s much to look forward to the long-awaited sequel to the 90’s hit Space Jam: for one, the new movie stars LeBron James, taking over the role from none other than Michael Jordan, who starred in 1996.
But hold your horses, 90’s kids: apparently, we’re not going to see the sequel in theaters any time soon, according to Justin Lin!
In an interview with Slash Film, the 45-year-old director revealed the logistical troubles behind creating the film, which had a lot to do with the fact that their stars are pro basketball stars:
“To me, the challenge is we have actors who are also professional athletes, so schedule is something that is tough. I’ve been really wanting to push that genre, but to do that you need the right amount of time.
As the first Space Jam movie was released in 1996, Lin added that he wants to give the original film justice by making sure he “does it right” with the new movie.
Meanwhile, he also shared the trouble with finding time to shoot with LeBron James, who is playing in the current season of the NBA.
“It’s a different challenge because he’s a professional basketball player. He’s not retired. When the first one happened, it was during a strike and Michael Jordan was retired. From what I’ve learned in film, you have to be passionate and when you’re ready, you’ll make it happen.”