It’s a great time to be a child of the 1990s. First we saw 98 Degrees back on stage at the iHeartRadio MMVAs, then there was the announcement that Are You Afraid of the Dark is making the jump from the small to big screen with a new reboot. Now 22 years after the original Space Jam, a sequel has officially been announced. Someone grab a stack of Pogs and some devil sticks, it’s time to throw a party.
After years of rumours of a remake and sequel, the official announcement was made on Wednesday. The new film will star NBA player LeBron James, who is pretty much the only player who can fill Michael Jordan’s shoes, both literally and figuratively. Showing off his acting chops in 2015’s rom com Trainwreck, we saw that James is not only one of the greatest basketball players of all time, he’s also really funny on screen. Both are difficult things to accomplish in very different ways.
The new film will be produced by Ryan Coolger, with the director becoming one of the most sought-after creators in Hollywood after crafting the spectacular Black Panther, which earned $1.34 billion worldwide. The sequel will be directed by Terence Nance, who created Random Acts of Flyness on HBO.
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“The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie,” James told The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
The Space Jam sequel with @KingJames has been announced!
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The 1996 film earned an impressive $250 million, making it the most profitable basketball film of all time. Starring Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny, Space Jam blended live action and animation, and included professional basketball players Charles Barkley, Shawn Bradley, Patrick Ewing, Larry Johnson, and Muggsy Bogues.
As for whether Jordan will appear in the sequel, that has yet to be confirmed…but he’s totally going to be make a cameo, right?