The sequel to the 1996 classic Space Jam finally has a title. Taking to Instagram, the film's star LeBron James shared a video showing off his new hat, which featured the title Space Jam: A New Legacy.
The long-awaited sequel, starring NBA star LeBron James and coming 25 years after the original, is rumoured to host a star-studded cast of NBA and WNBA players. This was according to a tweet (opens in new tab) from NBA Insider’s Shams Charania back in June 2019. Confirmed cast members, however, include The Avengers’ Don Cheadle and Star Trek Discovery’s Sonequa Martin-Green.
The original film centered around Michael Jordan, whom the Looney Tunes were trying to coax out of retirement to play an epic basketball game against the Monstars, a team of aliens who stole the abilities of some of the NBA’s biggest stars.
The movie, which melded together live-action and 2D animation, also starred Bill Murray, Wayne Knight, Theresa Randle, and a whole host of basketball player cameos. However, director Joe Pytka has warned against a sequel. In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter (opens in new tab), Pytka said, “Don't do it. It's doomed. Michael Jordan was the biggest star on the planet." Yikes.
In any case, Space Jam: A New Legacy is set to hit cinemas July 2021. Directed by Malcolm D. Lee and produced by Black Panther’s Ryan Coogler, expect more animated hijinks and some epic slam dunks.
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