What's up, Doc?
Space Jam was one of my favorite movies when I was a kid. I loved everything about it. I loved the acting, I loved the jokes, I loved the animation and I loved the soundtrack! From Michael Jordan's awkward acting, to Bill Murray being Bill Murray, to crazy Looney Tune antics, Space Jam had everything that my younger self wanted to see in a motion picture. Granted, when I look at it now, it may not be the masterpiece I once thought it was, but it will always hold a special place in my heart for having such an impact on my childhood.
For years, rumors have circulated about Warner Brothers doing a sequel with Lebron James and every time this rumor popped up, it was squashed almost as quickly as it had risen. However, there was one side effect to this rumor persistently popping up: it showed the big WB that not only was the public interested in the idea of a Space Jam sequel with Lebron, they were demanding it!
In fact, guess which professional NBA star just signed a multi-platform deal with Warner Brothers that would allow him to appear in movies, TV and original digital content? Yup, that's right. Lebron.
"But Paul, just because he signed a picture deal, that doesn't mean a Space Jam 2 is happening," you say, quite matter-of-factly.
And normally you would be right... IF Capital New York reporter, Alex Weprin, didn't happen to notice that WB renewed their Space Jam trademark only one month ago.
Do you see it now, Watson? All of the pieces of the puzzle coming together?
It makes perfect sense doesn't it? In a time where some of the biggest movies being released are intellectual properties that dominated the market when we were younger (Jurassic Park, Mad Max, Star Wars, etc.) there really couldn't be better timing for Warner Brothers to bring Space Jam back to the masses. LeBron James is probably the best candidate for the job to take Michael Jordan's place, and you can bet your sweet Elmer Fudd's hat that WB will definitely throw an MJ cameo in there one way or another.
Now let's be honest. Even if WB doesn't put any heart into this, chances are a Space Jam sequel could still potentially rake in a lot of dough for the studio. However, if they wanted to do this right and introduce a whole new generation to the genius of Looney Tunes, then there's only one team of writers/directors who can get the job done!
Lord & Miller
Phil Lord and Christopher Miller are two of the hottest directors in Hollywood at this moment and for good reason. Not only were they able to defy expectations and actually make both Jump Street movies really good, they also managed to make The LEGO Movie into one of the best animated films I've ever seen. These guys know how to take bad ideas and make them work, and if anyone thinks Space Jam 2 is a bad idea, these two will definitely change your mind.
Locking these two down to this project would be pretty difficult at this point though. In addition to working on their excellent TV series, The Last Man on Earth, the two are also working on an animated Spider-Man movie, The LEGO Sequel, LEGO Batman, a Han Solo movie and possibly WB's own Flash movie. So needless to say, Lord & Miller are busy. However, they're also both very passionate filmmakers who tend to take on heavy workloads and they constantly defy expectations. With Space Jam in their hands, the sequel would have the potential to be even greater than the original.
This is just my own opinion though. I completely understand that there are many people out there who prefer the original be left alone, but there are also a ton of people who can't wait to see Bugs, Lola and Daffy own the courts again. Personally, I'm all for this sequel! Space Jam was one of the defining movies of my childhood, and I think the kids of today deserve a well done sequel that could impact and influence them in a similar way.