The idea of LeBron James starring in a sequel to the 1996 live-action/animated children’s classic “Space Jam” has floated around the internet and among gossip circles for some years now. Though often considered a joke, it looks as though the Cleveland Cavaliers baller may actually be taking another step closer to the legacy of Michael Jordan. James is reportedly cast to star in “Space Jam 2.”
The project has a few more names already on board. According to The Hollywood Reporter, “Fast & Furious 6” and “Star Trek Beyond” director/producer Justin Lin has signed on. Writers Andrew Dodge and Alfredo Botello are also listed on the film; Botello consulted with Lin on “Star Trek Beyond.”
Though the movie is still in the earliest stages of development, any news regarding “Space Jam” is big news.
Though the original film was Jordan’s first foray on the big screen, James has some previous film time – playing himself - in last year’s “Trainwreck,” headed up by Amy Schumer and Bill Hader, directed to Judd Apatow.
Though James has shown the excellent athletic ability needed to compete with Jordan’s legacy on the court, he and the rest of the cast and crew on the new film will have quite a challenge on their hands.
Released in the U.S. on Nov. 17, 1996, “Space Jam” grossed over $230 million worldwide and a $27.5 million opening weekend in domestic theaters.
Twenty years down the road, and the greatest challenge that “Space Jam 2” may face is brand recognition, or lack thereof. While James is a guaranteed attraction, the fervor of fandom surrounding the Looney Toons has all but disappeared – though a sequel may change that.
And if it’s not called “Space Jam 2,” my personal recommendation is an easy one, “Space James.”