Basketball legend Michael Jordan’s lone foray into movie stardom, 1996’s Space Jam, will mark its 20th anniversary this November. The film, starring an historic team-up of Jordan, Bugs Bunny and other Looney Tunes characters who play a basketball game against a group of hostile aliens, has in recent years has become considerably more beloved than it was at the time of its initial release.
Talk has recently begun again of a sequel, possibly starring Jordan’s successor as the best player in the NBA, LeBron James. Last we heard, Stark Trek Beyond’s Justin Lin was potentially being eyed to direct the Space Jam sequel with James. Since Jordan was such a big part of the original ’96 film, he’s been asked who he thinks should be tapped from the NBA to follow in his Space Jam footsteps.
His answer? The Los Angeles’ Clippers’ Blake Griffin, according to an Instagram video posted by House of Highlights. Take a look at the video:
After years of reports, including James expressing interest as early as 2012, the second Space Jam was reportedly moving ahead as recently as this May with Lin “overseeing development” and possibly directing the film himself; additionally, Andrew Dodge (Bad Words) was tapped to pen the script. However, there has been no word on the film since then. Considering any production of it would have to be shot in the summer to get around James’ continuing career as an active NBA player, it’s likely the earliest Space Jam 2 could film is summer 2017. For its part, the first Space Jam shoehorned its plot around Jordan’s brief retirement between 1993 and ’95.
As for Griffin, he is a talented and charismatic athlete, who has dabbled in acting before – on top of multiple commercials, he had a memorable and raunchy cameo on an episode of Broad City this year. But, while Griffin may be Jordan’s choice for the Space Jam sequel, James is the athlete officially attached to the role at this point.
James, like Griffin, doesn’t have too many acting roles under his belt aside for parts playing himself. That said, James’ role as himself in Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck 2015 summer comedy certainly earned the basketball player plenty of recognition for his acting abilities. Coupled with his fame and his role in Trainwreck, it seems Space Jam 2 may be moving forward with the better suited choice. Still, it remains to be seen when or if Space Jam 2 does move forward.
We’ll bring you more information on Space Jam 2 as it becomes available.