After more than two years of rumors, Warner Bros. finally confirmed in May that Space Jam 2 is happening with current NBA superstar LeBron James and Star Trek Beyond filmmaker Justin Lin entering talks to direct. While we don't know when exactly the movie will hit theaters, or even when production will start, Andrew Dodge (Bad Words) and Alfredo Botello (Hollywood Adventures) have come aboard to write the script, which Justin Lin is helping to develop. Today we have word from original Space Jam star and NBA legend Michael Jordan, about who he'd like to see star in this sequel. And guess what? It's not LeBron James!
Space Jam centered on NBA legend Michael Jordan as himself, teaming up with several Looney Tunes characters to defeat a team of aliens in a game of basketball, with the future of the human race on the line. Other NBA stars who appeared in the movie included Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Mugsy Bogues, Vlade Divac, Larry Johnson and Alonzo Mourning, just to name a few. A new Instagram video surfaced from a basketball camp, where Michael Jordan was asked by a young fan who he'd like to see star in Space Jam 2. Here's what he had to say below.
"Who would I choose? I would probably pick Blake Griffin."
For those unfamiliar with the basketball world, L.A. Clippers power forward Blake Griffin is one of the NBA's biggest and brightest stars. He was the number 1 overall pick in the 2009 NBA draft, whose career highlights include being selected to five All-Star teams and winning the 2011 Slam Dunk Contest. He is also no stranger to the entertainment industry as well, making headlines just recently by spearheading a remake of The Rocketeer, which he will produce through his Mortal Media company which he founded with another pro athlete, Carolina Panthers' Ryan Kalil.
Blake Griffin has also wrote, directed and starred in his own short film entitled Flight of the Griffin and had guest starring appearances on Greek, 90210 and The Book Club. Ironically, he also starred in the Funny or Die short The Live Read of Space Jam with Blake Griffin, along with a number of comedy stars such as Jerod Carmichael, Seth Green and Nick Kroll. He is currently filming The Female Brain, which Whitney Cummings is directing and co-stars in alongside Sofia Vergara, Chris D'Elia, Cecily Strong and Deon Cole.
The original Space Jam took in $90.4 million domestically during its theatrical run in 1996, which is the equivalent of a $174.7 million movie today, when adjusting for inflation. The movie made $230.4 million worldwide, with a supporting cast that also included Wayne Knight, Theresa Randle and Bill Murray, who played himself. No budget figures were released for the original movie, and it remains to be seen how large the budget will be for this animated sequel. While we wait for more details, take a look at the Instagram video where Michael Jordan reveals that he wants Blake Griffin to star in Space Jam 2.