5:23pm PT by Pamela McClintock, Aaron Couch
'Space Jam 2' Books Summer 2021 Release Date
Space Jam 2 has a date to bounce into theaters.
Warner Bros. on Thursday announced it will open the LeBron James pic on July 16, 2021. Black Panther filmmaker Ryan Coogler is teaming with James on the long-anticipated follow-up to the Michael Jordan-Bugs Bunny hit Space Jam (1996).
Coogler is producing Space Jam 2, which Terence Nance, who created HBO's Random Acts of Flynes, directing. It will be James' first starring role after a successful turn as a supporting character in the 2015 Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck.
In another change to Warner Bros.' release calendar, Godzilla vs. Kong has moved up its release date by nearly two months from May 22, 2020, to March 13, 2020. Last week, Universal shifted its untitled ninth Fast and Furious movie to the same May date, setting up a potential showdown between the two franchises. The pileup will now be avoided.
Adam Wingard (Death Note) is at the helm of Godzilla vs. Kong, which will pit the two iconic monsters against one another. Warner Bros. and Legendary began setting up the confrontation with the 2014 Godzilla reboot, and continued to lay the groundwork with 2016's Kong: Skull Island. The next installment, Godzilla: King of the Monsters, is due out May 31.
Warner Bros. is also shifting the upcoming release of its third Annabelle movie from July 3 to June 28. Gary Dauberman, who wrote the first two Annabelle pics, is making his directorial debut with the next installment. The Conjuring stars Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga will reprise their roles in the spinoff of that film series.