Now, while 2016 may have brought more horrifying, innocence-shattering bad news than seems either plausible or reasonable, it seemed for a while there that it did, at the very least, have a silver lining. After all, back in May, it sure did seem as though #SpaceJam2, the long-awaited sequel to everyone's favorite secretly terrible basketball movie from 1996, was finally going to happen. Set to be directed by Star Trek: Beyond helmer #JustinLin, the film was reportedly set to star modern-day #NBA legend (and surprisingly competent actor) #LeBronJames, and only carried with it a 42 percent chance of destroying our collective childhoods.
And then...everything kind of went quiet. Sure, LeBron came out and confirmed that he was still up for making a vast sum of money in exchange for hanging out with a bunch of animated animals, but other than that, it remained distinctly unclear whether or not we would actually be seeing a #SpaceJam sequel at all.
And then, this happened:
'Space Jam 1.5' Has Finally Arrived — In The Form Of A Shoe Commercial
Yup, that's right. The above video is, for all intents and purposes, a direct sequel to 1996's Space Jam. Monstars? Check. Bugs Bunny being kind of a jerk? Check. Intense product placement? Check, check and more check.
The only problem, of course, being that this isn't actually a trailer for Space Jam 2, or even an especially faithful riff on the original. Instead, it's a commercial for Footlocker, featuring the extremely talented but by no means #MichaelJordan-level famous Blake Griffin and Jimmy Butler. Heck, you don't even really see them play basketball, with much of the commercial consisting of dystopian establishing shots and a bunch of people who aren't famous basketball players doing things it's difficult to care all that much about.
On the plus side, though, if you've spent much of the past 20 years dreaming of a Space Jam sequel, then you're now officially one step closer to seeing it happen. Whether the commercial proves to be a rallying call for Space Jam 2, or the final nail in its coffin, though, very much remains to be seen.
Maybe next time Griffin and Butler could persuade LeBron, Steph Curry and, in a shock twist, Kobe Bryant, to join them? Preferably in a feature-length adventure featuring a long-suffering cameo from Bill Murray — and, y'know, the rest of the Loony Tunes.
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In the meantime, though, what do you think? Do you think Space Jam 2 will actually ever happen? Let us know below!