Space Jam 2 to be released? Strong momentum for a sequel starring LeBron

Space Jam Michael Jordan Bill Murray Space Jam 2 Bugs Bunny
Space Jam wasn’t a great film, but it did feature three of the biggest names in American pop culture history in Bill Murray, Bugs Bunny and Michael Jordan. Credit: Getty Images

The 1996 film “Space Jam” will never be confused with “The Godfather” or “No Country for Old Men” in terms of great American cinema. In fact, the movie starring Michael Jordan and watered-down Looney Toons stars (Bugs Bunny’s edgy days of impersonating Hitler were long over by this point) was mostly panned by critics.

But with time comes nostalgia, and suddenly “Space Jam” is considered something of a cult classic. The move is re-watchable, even for adults, as any film which features two scenes featuring banter between Bill Murray and Larry Bird deserves a glance-over. Oh, and all the R. Kelly helps a ton, too.

With Hollywood running out of ideas – especially when it comes to the sports film realm – there is clear momentum being gained in the push for a “Space Jam” sequel. “Space Jam 2″ rumors swirled in February and LeBron James (the rumored star of the proposed sequel) actually entertained the idea.

“Like I said, I’ve always loved ‘Space Jam 1.’ It was one of my favorite movies growing up,” James told the Palm Beach Post. “If I have the opportunity, it’d be great. But that’s news to me … We’ll see what happens.”

Right. Like he’s said countless times. As for potentially facing off against cartoonish, basketball-playing space aliens not named Sam Cassell:

“Those guys are very intimidating and they’re bigger than us,” James said. “We’ve got to do our due diligence here on Earth.”

Clippers star forward Blake Griffin could be auditioning to be Lebon’s co-star in the film. This week a reading of the film appeared on “Funny or Die,” and Griffin was front and center – playing the role of Jordan. Griffin even claims to have had a “Space Jam” themed birthday party as a kid.

Another Space Jam-reference was made this week by CBS Sports radio host Jim Rome, who tweeted out a pic of his $6.38 residual check for his brief role in the film in which he rips Jordan’s baseball career.

 

So, if a Space Jam sequel is going to happen, it’s going to happen now. Strike while the nostalgia’s steamy.

Follow Metro Boston sports editor and columnist Matt Burke on Twitter @BurkeMetroBOS



News
Entertainment
Sports
Lifestyle
National

Sprint and T-Mobile offer further price discounts

Sprint unveiled a plan on Thursday that gives subscribers access to unlimited data for $60 a month, the industry's cheapest unlimited data offering.

National

Hundreds pay it forward at Florida Starbucks in…

The spontaneous chain of kindness continued for about 11 hours, totaling 457 transactions by the time it ended.

National

Weather system east of Caribbean could turn into…

An area of low pressure located east of the Caribbean Sea has a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm in the next 48 hours, U.S. forecasters…

National

U.S. hospital to discharge doctor treated with experimental…

An American doctor who contracted Ebola treating victims of the deadly virus in Liberia has recovered and will be discharged on Thursday by the Atlanta hospital that treated him with…

Movies

Review: 'When the Game Stands Tall' is both…

The high school football saga "When the Game Stands Tall" fumbles around for a focus while Jim Caviezel offers the most low-key coach in history.

Movies

Girlfriend in a coma: Chloe Grace Moretz

Chloe Grace Moretz is the best cheerleader "If I Stay" could ask for. As the star of the film adaptation of the successful YA novel…

The Word

The Word: Summer lovin' for Zac Efron and…

Ah, the summer romance. So intense, so fleeting. With Labor Day fast approaching, it should come as little surprise that the incredibly surprising romance between…

The Word

The Word: The Zac Efron-Michelle Rodriguez summer fling…

  Ah, the summer romance. So intense, so fleeting. With Labor Day fast approaching, it should come as little surprise that the incredibly surprising romance…

NFL

Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.

NFL

Jets vs. Giants: 3 Jets storylines to watch

Metro looks at three Jets storylines to watch as they play the Giants Friday.

NFL

Giants expected to work Corey Washington into first-team…

The day of reckoning for the Giants' fringe players will fall upon them Friday night against the Jets.

Sex

Big weddings may lead to long-term happiness

Dreaming of a big wedding? A new study indicates that the longer your guest list, the happier you’ll be in the long run. l A…

Sex

Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…

Wellbeing

Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…

Tech

Siren: A new dating app that puts women…

Online dating can be brutal, especially for single women. Noting that many women hate wading through inappropriate messages and photos, two tech entrepreneurs decided to…