Feeling nostalgic, 90s babies? It’s been reported that LeBron James is going to star in a sequel to the cult-classic blockbuster that is Space Jam. Rebecca Ford from the Hollywood Reporter reported that Justin Lin, director of Star Trek Beyond and the last four The Fast & Furious movies will be directing it.
Space Jam is, arguably, one of the top basketball-related movies of all time and was beloved by any kid who remotely liked basketball. Its plot was one that was never seen before and followed Michael Jordan after his retirement in the mid-90s when he went to play baseball. In short, he teamed up with characters from the Looney Tunes (and Bill Murray) to do battle against a team of aliens who zapped the basketball powers away from 90s mega-stars like Charles Barkley and Patrick Ewing.
The film was released in 1996 by Warner Bros. and quickly rose to the #1 spot while it grossed upwards of $230 million, making it the highest grossing basketball movie of all time. People close to LeBron have been denying reports of a sequel, but rumors have intensified since James signed a deal with Warner Bros. last August. IMDb has the movie slated for a 2017 release, but there’s no timetable on it and talks about the production have been minimal.
While not much has been said, Maverick Carter, a business partner of LeBron’s has said that James’ hectic upcoming schedule would delay any potential filming. With the 2016 Playoffs fully underway, and the Rio Olympics coming up this Summer, the movie would be put on the backburner.
Since we like to debate the better basketball player, what are the odds that a debate about Jordan and James’ acting ability ensues?