[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 Titans, The 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.
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:
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
Stay tuned to ScreenRant for more Space Jam 2 news as it comes in.
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