1996 was a great year. Within just that one year we got the song Wannabe, the Nintendo 64, and a more out of this world movie than Independence Day (Which also happened to come out in 1996), Space Jam. For those who missed out on this glorious film, let me fill you in. In the movie event of the year, the Looney Tunes fight for their freedom the only way they know how: basketball. I do hope you read that in your best “In a world …” voice. This movie combined Looney Tunes, the greatest basketball star in ever, and aliens to make the movie event of a generation.
And now like every popular movie of the past, Space Jam is getting an unexpected and (to some) unwelcome sequel. Not too long ago news came to light on Space jam 2 and how it is to be directed by Justin Lin and their new B-Ball star would be Lebron James. However, the original director of the 1996 classic isn’t exactly shouting the movie’s praises.
“When we did Space Jam, there was a perfect storm of players and ex-players available — Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing,” says Pytka. “They all had a persona that complemented the film. There are none around like that now.”
This is just one of many grievances stated by Pytka, another being that Lebron James is already being eclipsed by Stephe Curry and how in two years time a lot can change. And he’s right. We live in an era where maybe you know the names of a few players and maybe what they look like, but they aren’t big stars in general. They’re basketball stars, and if you don’t care about basketball you don’t really care about them. I mean, I know I don’t. Give me RDJ over Lebron James any day. Michael Jordan was a superstar. Lebron James just doesn’t have the star quality that MJ did to pull this movie along.
But what do you think? Are you convinced Lebron James can make Space Jam 2 a hit? Do you think the concept should be scrapped completely? Talk about it in the comments and don’t forget to like, share, and follow Sprom for more news on Space Jam 2 and more in the world of movie news.
Space Jam 2 is set to be directed by Justin Lin (Star Trek Beyond) and will star Lebron James. There is currently no release date.