LeBron James WON’T Star in ‘Space Jam 2′ [Updated]

Published 9 months ago by , Updated February 22nd, 2014 at 12:28 am,

Lebron James to Star in Space Jam 2 LeBron James WONT Star in Space Jam 2 [Updated]

[UPDATE: Sources close to LeBron James have refuted this story. Scroll for details.]

1980s movies and TV shows have inspired more remakes/reboots than just about any other cinematic era, with movies like The Clash of the TitansThe Thing, The A-Team, The Evil Dead, Fright Night, RoboCop, and so on coming out in the past decade. The ’90s then must be the decade of the sequel, with Men in Black 3, Before Sunrise, and the upcoming Jurassic World all continuing stories that came out before Y2K.

Now another beloved ’90s movie is getting its own sequel thanks to a famous basketball player’s childhood dream.

Deadline is reporting that LeBron James will star in Space Jam 2, a sequel to the 1996 part live-action/part animated movie crossover starring Michael Jordan. As surprising as this news is, there were hints that it was a possibility a few months back. In August, a fan on Twitter asked James if he loved Space Jam. James replied that not only did he love it, but he also had dreams of starring in a sequel.

Check the tweet out below:

Now, says Deadline, his dream is coming true. Former NBC Sports Executive Dick Ebersol’s sons Charlie and Will, no doubt fans of the original movie, have taken on the project. Charlie is no stranger to the entertaining world of sports through his USA series NFL Characters Unite. Now he’s set to produce Space Jam 2 through his own company, adequately named The Company, with brother Willie writing a script. Willie won an Emmy for the London Olympics, but this will be his first screenplay.

The 1996 film starred then retired Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan and the pantheon of Warner Bros.’ Looney Tunes characters. Together, Jordan, Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and a slew of other basketball stars (oh, and Bill Murray) battled aliens in an intergalactic basketball game.

Bill Murray and Michael Jordan in Space Jam LeBron James WONT Star in Space Jam 2 [Updated]

Bill Murray, Bugs Bunny & Michael Jordan in ‘Space Jam’

The film not only grossed $230 million worldwide, but it became one of those movies that kids who grew up in the ’90s look back on with fond recognition. Now those kids are grown up. Will the 30-year-olds flock to the theater to see a new version? Perhaps they’ll just bring their kids and introduce them to the wonders of a half-animated, half live-action basketball game in outer space. Let’s just hope those truly awful ’90s Looney Tunes hop-hop T-shirts don’t make a comeback as well.

What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Are you looking forward to seeing Space Jam 2 on the big screen?

UPDATE: According to a tweet from ESPN’s Brian Windhorst, sources close to James have debunked Deadline‘s story. Check out the tweet below:

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  1. I just hope they don’t use these new Looney Tunes designs. But I’m sure they will.

  2. CHECK YOUR FACTS SCREENFAILS
    LEFAIL WILL NOT BE IN SPACEJAM 2!!!!

  3. SPACE JAM… “beloved”? Really? By whom? Not any true self-respecting Warner Brothers animation characters fan, I assure you.

    • You sound like my grumpy old grandpa.

    • I love Space Jam and I know many, many people my age (mid-twenties) who feel the same way. If you’re older then of course you wouldn’t understand, but for those of us who grew up with it, it was awesome.

      • I dunno, man. I’m 30 now and went with a friend to see it at the cinema when it first released and enjoyed it enough to get some of the toys.

        Watching it recently though, it’s not very good, is it?

        • It isn’t the best movie, but growing up with it and watching it almost everyday as a little kid, when you watch it now its just for the nostalgia. Im 21 and still like watching the old Looney Toons and animated movies.

      • Exactly. Loved this movie when i was in Elem

    • Of course Space Jam is beloved. It was a great movie full of wonderful animation, one of WB’s greatest movies ever.

  4. There’s going to be a lot of flopping

    • +1

  5. Is it April already ?

  6. kobe bryant would have been a better choice if it does happen..he has that comedic tone while lebron looks too serious

  7. RU SEIROUS!!! F**k LeBron . F**k Looney tunes . He will NEVER be Michael Jordan ! I thought micheal bay was stealing my 90′s …. Now this….. Smh

  8. ahem……LLLLAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAMMMME!!!!

  9. Good to hear it ain´t gonna happen.
    Shoutout for a Magic Johnson Space Jam Movie!

  10. Make Kyrie Irving as Uncle Drew the main character of Space Jam 2 then, and only then, could it possibly be even half as good as the first one.

  11. Didn’t need it but if they’d brought back Bill Murry yea I’d probably go see it. Oh and a Charles Barkley cameo too. Probably better it’s not.

  12. until I saw the check that said $6843 , I accept …that…my father in law had been actualie earning money in there spare time from their computer. . there best friend had bean doing this less than eleven months and resently took care of the debts on their villa and purchased Renault 4 . you can find out more…….http://x.co/3wYdQ

  13. Why would they want this sequel? The first one was bad enough.

    • $230 million worldwide in 1996. Star Trek: First Contact made $150 million the same year. However, Space Jam was unique. Michael Jordan in 1996 was like the Beatles in 1964.

      • Yeah, I don’t rate movies for how much money they made or which big shot stars in it. Space Jam is bad.

  14. I think it would be awesome for them to make a sequel to Space Jam, I mean consider where computer animation is compared to 1996… I know better effects should’t be the main reason for a sequel, and I doubt they are, but it would look much better. Not sure if LeBron is right, and its been denied by his camp, although maybe he just needs to have a TV special to choose a movie to star in… but it of course will feature other NBA players as well, and a few new legends can be out there on the gulf course (Bill Murray and Larry Bird need to make an appearance tho!) and what about MJ? could they make a sequel without him?

    and my final question… is R Kelly gunna to be back? I WANNA FLYYYYYYY LIKE AN EAGLE!

  15. “Beloved”?

    LOL, that’s some strong wording.
    Pinocchio was beloved, Space Jam is a wet fart of nostalgia :P

  16. This movie was ridiculous and now I am not going to watch it at all.

  17. I read it’s Brandon Jennings

  18. This film will be epic https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00TF-fPXgsg

  19. They tell lies LIEEEEEEEEEEES!