Amongst the rumors that Space Jam 2 is happening, LeBron James has opened up about the possibilities. He sounds like he wants the movie to become a reality, and he even has some ideas. Though he's not exactly sharing those at the moment. But he does tease that great things are afoot, and knows that the world is missing Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny. He wants to be the one to bring them out of retirement.
In late July, Warner Bros. announced an exclusive deal with the NBA All-Star. While the studio confirmed that the basketball player had signed an exclusive partnership with Warner Bros. that covers projects ranging from TV, film, and original digital content, no specific project was announced. This automatically led the Internet into a speculation tsunami, one that hasn't quite settled down. Rumors of a Space Jam 2 have been swirling for a couple of years. And it seems it will undoubtedly become a reality. About the possibilities, which are endless at this point, LeBron James stated the following to Today (via THR).
"We hope so. We're definitely missing Bugs and Daffy and Tasmanian Devil and every last one of them, so hopefully we can do some great things."
At this point it's unclear what great things are being planned. No story details have been shared, and Warner Bros. has never officially announced the project in any capacity. It seems very likely at this point that LeBron James will take over for Michael Jordan in carrying the Looney Tunes legacy into the future with Space Jam 2. And there is more than enough evidence aside from the deal struck between Warner Bros. and the baseball legend.
News of a Space Jam 2 began to circulate last year. Word leaked that Warner Bros. was teaming with the sons of legendary sportscaster Dick Ebersol, with the pair set on producing. The story was later debunked by ESPN reporter Brian Windhorst, with those close to LeBron James saying no film was in the works. This was before LeBron James wowed audiences with his performance in Trainwreck, which proved he could be hilarious on the big screen in the right capacity. Some believe it was this co-starring role that convinced Warner Bros. to bring LeBron James in for a partnership deal.
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It isn't known if Space Jam 2 will be a sequel or reboot, but it certainly seems like the perfect project for both LeBron James and Warner Bros., who have been looking for a way to once again establish their very lucrative Looney Tunes characters in a big screen venture. LeBron James appears to have the charm and charisma to carry a movie on his own, and it helps that he would once again be playing himself. Further fueling the rumors last month was the fact that Warner Bros. filed new trademarks for Space Jam. It didn't seem like a coincidence that these trademarks were filed exactly one month before Warner Bros. announced their big deal with LeBron James. One thing is clear, after Trainwreck, the basketball all-star does plan to continue acting. About that, he stated the following.
"It's a passion of mine. Everything I do, I have a passion about it. If we could continue it, I know I don't have to dribble a basketball and fly through the air to do those type of things."
Raise your hand if Warner Bros. should just stop pussy footing around and announce the project already! LeBron James is the only person who might be able to make Space Jam 2 worthwhile. But one thing is for certain, it just won't matter if there's no Michael Jordan cameo, am I right?