Ever since bursting on to the NBA scene in 2003, Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James has been embroiled in a fantasy battle with Michael Jordan. Which All-Star is the better player? Who could defeat who in a one-on-one match? The answers will never surface -- both James and Jordan seem content with being (1) incredible ball players, (2) millionaires, and (3) living legends -- yet we still find ourselves pitting stats against stats, narratives against narratives, wall posters against wall posters.
A recent Hollywood development won't quell the debate: James is officially set to take over for Jordan in a sequel to 1996's Space Jam, a movie with all sorts of insane, '90s-specific behind-the-scenes stories. Commence saving money for LeBron's answer to the Air Jordan XI Space Jam shoe.
The Hollywood Reporter adds that joining James for this lofty, nostalgic pursuit is Justin Lin, director of Fast & Furious, Fast Five, and Furious 6, who also took the reins from J.J. Abrams for this summer's Star Trek Beyond. Lin was 25 when Space Jam hit theaters, meaning he either gave a hard pass to the Looney Toons vehicle or was that hardcore Jordan fan who sat in the back on opening day so he didn't seem like a weirdo around all those kids. Whatever the case, he believes James can fly.