Whether you were a fan of Basketball or not, if you were a kid when Space Jam came out you went to go see it. For me, it was all about the Looney Tunes. I had some knowledge about Michael Jordan from my friends who played sports, but to me he was just a guy who dunked with his tongue hanging out. The thing for a kid like me seeing Space Jam, was that I didn’t get the big deal about the other Basketball players skill that were taken by the Monstars. After the team of aliens took their powers they became tall, but all they did was dunk so why not get a bunch of forwards? I’m not Basketball professional, nor have I played on a team that wasn’t a pickup, so I may be talking out of my ass and I’m sure someone will let me know. In any case, the movie had a bunch of famous Looney Tunes characters and of course Bill Murray so it was like one long 90 minute cartoon. The best thing about having cartoon characters are supporting characters in your movie is that they never age, so they can keep coming back again and again. This is the case in the rumors Space Jam 2 starring Lebron James that has gained some traction over the past week.
The whole stir up started when Warner Bros. filed trademarks for Space Jam last month.
Warner Bros. filed new trademarks for “Space Jam” last month. Today announced deal with LeBron James. pic.twitter.com/WaZ33sXCsY
— Alex Weprin (@alexweprin) July 22, 2015
This could be really for anything, but a movie is more likely than a video game. The internet put on their detective hats and found an article from Deadline where a sequel was mentioned back in February. The script had LeBron James in mind for the Michael Jordan lead, but twitter came back with some more news about his involvement
Well it was fun while it lasted. LeBron sources refute Deadline report, there’s no Space Jam 2 or Warner Bros. project in works
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) February 22, 2014
Regardless of what your moral outlook on people are, I’d like to remind you that people lie. Regarding movies, people lie about possible upcoming roles because the studio wants to keep things under wraps until they want to release the information. There are tons of instances where an actor will deny a role, then a studio will send out a press release formally announcing said actor is actually playing a role in a movie.
Will we see a Space Jam 2? I’d say yes, but only because the animation is less costly than an actor’s salary. Will LeBron be the lead actor? I’m honestly not sure. I don think he doesn’t need the money, but it would be good PR for him to get the attention of a younger audience to sell more merchandise. Looney Tunes isn’t a new product and not a product that will be going away anytime soon, getting in bed with them now seems like a pretty lucrative career move.