When LeBron James took his talents to Hollywood this summer, the rumors started to fly. Could there actually be a Space Jam 2 in the works? If so, when? The world now has plenty of answers and even more time to prepare for the sequel.
In the hours before the Los Angeles Lakers hosted the Houston Rockets in the first game after the 2019 All-Star Game, and five months after The Hollywood Reporter dropped the news that it was happening, SpringHill Entertainment provided the official release date.
So get ready and save the date, basketball fans. Space Jam 2 starring LeBron James, Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny, Daffy Duck and the rest of the Looney Tunes gang will be in theaters on July 16, 2021.
Hmmm. July 16, huh? Could that be 7+16 = 23, which is James’ jersey number? The 34-year-old megastar is a very calculated guy. This has to be part of it, right? Never mind. Let’s move on.
The original Space Jam, which was released in 1996 and starred Michael Jordan, was a smashing success, and there’s no doubt the sequel will be just as amazing.
Outside of James, and the cast Looney Tunes characters, of course, the movie will be produced by Ryan Coogler, who directed the record-breaking box office smash Black Panther, and will be directed by Terence Nance, who created HBO’s Random Acts of Flyness.
Production of the Warner Bros. film is tentatively slated for 2019, during the NBA offseason, so it can feature the superstar James, the Akron, Ohio native who was a supporting character in the 2015 comedy Trainwreck starring Amy Schumer.
“The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie. It’s so much bigger. I’d just love for kids to understand how empowered they can feel and how empowered they can be if they don’t just give up on their dreams. And I think Ryan did that for a lot of people.”
— Los Angeles Lakers forward LeBron James, via The Hollywood Reporter
This is not a drill. This is not a joke. The producer, director, and star player trio is already an All-Star lineup and you better believe there will be NBA stars lining up to be Monstars in this instant hit.
We already know the Tune Squad, but who will team up to be on the Monstars team? Will they be as big of stars as Charles Barkley and Patrick Ewing were in the mid 1990s? Who will make the Bill Murray-like cameo at the end of the movie?
So many new questions now need answers.
Needless to say, the trailer simply cannot come soon enough.