In a shot of nostalgia for everyone who was there to witness the original when it hit cinemas, Lebron James has jumped on The Last Dance hype train to unveil Space Jam 2. In an Instagram post, James, who is set to star in the sequel to Michael Jordan’s 1996 Looney Tunes hit revealed the logo, title and expected release date of the much-anticipated movie event. Space Jam: A New Legacy is set to hit cinemas in 2021.
— Space Jam A New Legacy (@spacejammovie) April 30, 2020
The long-awaited sequel comes 25 years after the original and is rumoured to host a star-studded cast of NBA and WNBA players. James’ Lakers co-star Anthony Davis has reportedly signed on, along with a host of other stars, both old and new. A tweet from NBA Insider’s Shams Charania back in June 2019 confirmed some cast members, and also went on to suggest The Avengers’ Don Cheadle and Star Trek Discovery’s Sonequa Martin-Green would be involved in the film.
The original movie melded live-action and 2D animation and was a fun family-friendly adventure that has gone on to become a cult-classic. However, director Joe Pytka previously warned against a sequel. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Pytka said, “Don’t do it. It’s doomed. Michael Jordan was the biggest star on the planet.”
No one has seemingly heeded that warning though and as a result Space Jam: A New Legacy is set to hit cinemas July 16, 2021. The film will be directed by Malcolm D. Lee and produced by Black Panther’s Ryan Coogler. As for the script, not much is really known about the plot of Space Jam: A New Legacy, but we can expect appearances from Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Daffy Duck and hopefully, a little basketball. Whether they have to take on the Monstars in a rematch to decide the fate of the planet or not, remains to be seen. This definitely isn’t the last we’ve heard of Space Jam 2, so keep your eyes open.