Space Jam, the live-action/animated team-up of NBA legend Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny to take down a team of basketball talent stealing aliens and save them all from enslavement was the stuff of 90's dreams. Was it a flawed movie? Sure why not, but it did have the spectacle of Bill Murray, Wayne Knight half the 92 Dream Team and every Looney Tune you could imagine behind it. It was also a commercial success grossing $230 million worldwide in theaters, making it not only the highest grossing Looney Tunes movie of all time, but also the highest grossing basketball flick of all time as well.
Rumors have been swirling around a possible spacejam sequel for the past few years ever since Deadline reported that he was in talks to play the new lead of the trip back to WB land. That gossip proved to be unfruitful until recently when it was revealed that Justin Lin of Fast and Furious fame was set to direct a new movie which would star Lebron.
Though still in the early development stages James and Lin appeared ready to tackle the court as MJ before them. Lin is said to be developing the new script with Andrew Dodge, writer of the Jason Bateman comedy 'Bad Words'. Lin has been seeing quite a bit of commercial success lately, as the director of seven 'Fast and Furious' movies as well as this summers upcoming Star Trek Beyond. Lin who is taking over the reigns of Star Trek from previous Trek turned Star Wars director J.J. Abrams. Dodge meanwhile only has the one film thus far to his resume, and while it was not a markedly terrible comedy, it doesn't quite hit the certified fresh mark on Rotten Tomatoes. James for his part actually had movie goers entertained in his turn as “himself” in the Judd Apatow / Amy Schumer 2015 comedy, Trainwreck. Although his recent dethroning as the top dog in the NBA could change public opinion really fast.
What will be interesting will be what the new creative team will do with the property now. There is the possibility that they will follow the current Hollywood trend of just remaking the same movie 20-30 years later. This however may not go over so well depending on the quality of the script. If they move forward with the project they would be wise to go in a completely different direction so as not to draw comparisons between the original and new film especially if they are unfavorable. Though King James might be used to that outcome already.
What do you think? Is it a good idea to be making another Space Jam, or should we leave it in the past. What was so wrong with 1996 anyways? Am I way to openly biased against King James? You decide!