LeBron James always has the final word, regardless of whether it’s an NBA team or business. LeBron tends to change the coaches in his team, and this time he changed the coach of Space Jam 2. Yes, the director of the sequel is leaving the project.
Terence Nance will be replaced by veteran comedy director Malcolm D. Lee. The information was confirmed by several sources. Deadline reported that Nance’s departure was “amicable,” because he had different creative visions.
Nance is leaving the crew three weeks after the Lakers star announced that the filming has begun. He was super excited to start off the project, and now he is leaving.
“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 explained in one of his interviews. “Whoever the greatest basketball player of the next generation is going to be, they are probably not going to also be a great actor. Growing up being an animator, someone who loves to draw, I’m just super enthused to work in the cannon, learning in a more deep way about it, bringing what I bring from a media innovation standpoint.”
This will add fuel to the fire, because many people say the sequel is doomed, including Joe Pytka.
“Don’t do it,” Pytka said of Space Jam 2. “It’s doomed. Michael Jordan was the biggest star on the planet. When we did Space Jam, there was a perfect storm of players and ex-players available — Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing… They all had a persona that complemented the film. There are none around like that now.”
Is LeBron bothered? Not really! The man is filming, and nobody will stop him.
“Man this really just hit me!” he wrote on Twitter. “I’m really shooting Space Jam 2!! This is so surreal and doesn’t even make sense to me! Where I come from man and what I saw growing up this doesn’t add up to me! ! I’m truly grateful and beyond blessed. This is CRAZINESS.”
LeBron will be accompanied by teammate Anthony Davis, Portland Trail Blazers point guard Damian Lillard, Golden State Warriors shooting guard Klay Thompson, Phoenix Mercury guard Diana Taurasi and Los Angeles Sparks power forward Nneka Ogwumike.