In 1996, Warner Bros. Pictures released a film called Space Jam: a sort of cartoon mash-up with the NBA, that starred now-legendary basketball player Michael Jordan as himself. Jordan agrees to help Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and the whole Looney Tunes gang defeat the villainous Monstars in a game of basketball. The film, while only garnering mixed reviews from critics, was a hit at the box office. In fact, it still stands as the highest-grossing basketball film of all-time.
Fast-forward to February 2014. Deadline announces a sequel to Space Jam which would star then-Miami Heat forward LeBron James in the leading role, but since then, chatter has been minimal about whether or not the film would move forward. Now, though, the chatter on the film’s possibility has been renewed.
According to The Wall Street Journal, the small forward for the Cleveland Cavaliers is looking to build a new entertainment business, and though word around the possible sequel has been limited for much of the past year-and-a-half, Warner Bros. has reportedly renewed its trademarks revolving around the Space Jam name, as well as a partnership between James’ company SpringHill Entertainment and Warner Bros. Pictures, the owners of the Looney Tunes. characters. While it’s not confirmed, this kind of partnership is certainly one of the elements that would need to fall in place in order for Space Jam 2 to happen, and now it has.
In May of 2014, James was quoted as saying, “I’ve always loved Space Jam. It was one of my favorite movies growing up. If I have the opportunity, it will be great.” We’ll just have to see now if it eventually comes to pass. For more on the possibility of Space Jam 2, keep a tab open to GeekNation!
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