Space Jam: A New Legacy (also known as Space Jam 2) is an upcoming 2021 American live-action/animated sports comedy film directed by Malcolm D. Lee. It will be a standalone sequel to the 1996 film Space Jam and stars NBA player LeBron James, as well as Don Cheadle and Sonequa Martin-Green. The film also features the Looney Tunes characters such as Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny, and Daffy Duck. James also acts as a producer alongside Ryan Coogler.
Talks for a Space Jam sequel began after the release of the first film but eventually fell through due to Michael Jordan's refusal to return. Several possible spin-offs, focusing on other athletes, including Jeff Gordon, Tiger Woods, and Tony Hawk, were also discussed but never came to fruition. A LeBron James-led sequel was officially announced in 2014, and after several years of languishing, filming began under Terence Nance in June 2019 around Los Angeles. After a few weeks into filming, Nance left the project; Lee was hired to replace him in July 2019. Production wrapped in September 2019.
Space Jam: A New Legacy is scheduled to be released in the United States on July 16, 2021, by Warner Bros. Pictures. It will mark the first theatrically released film to feature the Looney Tunes characters since the release of Looney Tunes: Back in Action in November 2003.
During a trip to the Warner Bros. studio, NBA Superstar LeBron James and his son accidently get trapped within a world that contains all of Warner Bros.' stories and characters, under the control of a malfunctioning, all-powerful force named Al G (played by Don Cheadle) With the help of Bugs Bunny, LeBron must navigate through a never-before-imagined world filled with iconic movie scenes and characters as they re-assemble the Looney Tunes to rescue his lost son. Now to get back home, Lebron and the Tunes have to unravel Al G's mysterious plan and win an epic basketball game against digital gamified super-versions of the NBA and WNBA's biggest stars as the entire world watches.
- LeBron James as Himself, basketball champion James also voices himself in his animated form.
- Alex Huetra as young Lebron James
- Don Cheadle as AI-G Rhythm
- Sonequa Martin- Green as Kamiyah James
- Ceyir J Wright as Darius James
- Cedric Joe as "Dom" James
- Harper Leigh Alexander as Xosha James
Additionally, Khris Davis has been cast in an undisclosed role. NBA play Champions Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul, Draymond Green, and Kyle Kuzma as well as WNBA player Chiney Ogwumike are set to make cameo appearances.
Jim Carrey as The Mask
Bill Skarsgård as Pennywise
Joaquin Phoenix as Joker
Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort
Mila Kunis as The Wrecked Witch of the West
- Jeff Bergman as Bugs Bunny, Sylvester, and Foghorn Leghorn.
- Eric Bauza as Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, and Marvin the Martian
- Zendaya as Lola Bunny
- Bob Bergen as Porky Pig and Tweety
- Tress MacNeille as Penelope Pussycat,
- Jim Cummings as Tasmanian Devil
- Candi Milo as Granny
- Fred Tatasciore as Yosemite Sam and Gossamer
- Gabriel Iglesias as Speedy Gonzales
- Frank Welker as Road Runner
- Klay Thompson as WetFire
- Anthony Davis as The Brow
- Damian Lillard as Chronos
- Diana Taurasi as White Mamba
- Nneka Ogwumike as Arachnneka
- J.Michael Tatum as Announcer
- Ernie Johnson Jr as Play by Play Commentator
Laura Bailey and Ted Levine as Bang
Neve Campbell and John DiMaggio as Bupkus
Linda Young and Kevin Michael Richardson as Pound
Vanessa Marshall and Clancy Brown as Blanko
Jane Horrocks and Chris Rock as Nawt
In February 2014, Warner Bros. officially announced development of a sequel that will star LeBron James. Charlie Ebersol was set to produce, while Willie Ebersol wrote the script.
In May 2014, James was quoted as saying, "I've always loved Space Jam. It was one of my favorite movies growing up. If I have the opportunity, it will be great."
In July 2015, James and his film studio, SpringHill Entertainment, signed a deal with Warner Bros. for television, film and digital content after receiving positive reviews for his role in Trainwreck.
In May 2016, Justin Lin signed onto the project as director, and co-screenwriter with Andrew Dodge and Alfredo Botello.
In August 2018, Lin left the project, and Terence Nance was hired to direct the film.
In September 2018, Ryan Coogler was announced as a producer for the film. SpringHill Entertainment released a promotional teaser image officially announcing the film, with production set to begin in 2019 during the NBA off-season.
In November 2018, filming was to take place in California, within a 30 mile radius of Los Angeles. Prior to production, the film received $21.8 million in tax credits as a result of a new tax incentive program from the state. 
In February 2019, the film had a set release date of July 16, 2021.
In June 2019, principal photography began.
In July 2019, it was announced Nance was leaving the project because he and "the studio/producers had different takes on the creative vision for Space Jam 2", and that Malcolm D. Lee would serve as his replacement.
In September 2019, production wrapped.
In December 2019, Bradford Young, who was set to serve as cinematographer, also left the project and was replaced by Salvatore Totino.
In January 2020, Veteran Walt Disney animator Tony Bancroft, known for his work on The Lion King and Mulan, started working at Warner Bros. Animation for the film. And Hans Zimmer was announced as the composer for the film. 
In March 2020, photos taken on set and a brief recording of the wrap party were leaked online, revealing that the film will feature characters from other Warner-owned properties. James also revealed that work on the film's animation has begun. He also said that production on the film has been largely unaffected by the COVID-19 pandemic, as most of the work left on the film involves animation. And the Bancroft Brothers confirmed that Spike Brandt, a Warner Bros. Animation veteran and an animator on the original Space Jam, would be directing the animation. 
In April 2020, James officially revealed the title and logo of the movie, via Instagram, as Space Jam: A New Legacy. And Kris Bowers was announced as another composer for the film. He was later confirmed to be the only composer. 
In May 2020, according to voice actor Eric Bauza, the animation was still being worked on and he had voiced some temporary dialogue while neither confirming nor denying his involvement with the final product. Bauza also said that he does some scratch dialogue as the writers "punch up story lines and jokes". And Ole Loken, who worked on Klaus, confirmed that he was animating on the film. 
In August 2020, James held a farewell meeting talking about how he idolized with the first Space Jam film when he was a kid in Akron, Ohio, when the production wrapped, which was leaked, along with pictures of James with his #6 Tune Squad outfit. And Matt Williames, who has not worked with Warner Bros. since Looney Tunes: Back in Action, started doing animation for the movie.
In September 2020, it was announced that Australian toy company Moose Toys made a deal with Warner Bros. to make merchandise for the film along with the 2021 live-action/animated Tom and Jerry hybrid film.
In October 2020, the synopsis was leaked from a test screening email by Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts and Final Spacewriter Ben Mekler. And Loken shared the design for Lola Bunny on Twitter, confirming that the movie will stay true to designs of the Looney Tunes characters in the 1996 version. He also shared the design for Daffy Duck. 
In December 2020, it was announced that the film would be released on July 16, 2021 in theaters and HBO Max simultaneously.
On March 7, 2021, it was announced Pepé Le Pew was removed from the sequel film, so instead, Penelope Pussycat took over.
The first trailer for the movie was released on YouTube on April 3, 2021, revealing that Zendaya was cast as Lola Bunny.
On April 30, 2021, LeBron James has confirmed that the Monstars, the antagonists of the first film, will not return as Space Jam: A New Legacy will be a stand-alone sequel rather than a direct sequel.
On May 11, 2021, Michael Jordan was confirmed to return, but in Cheadle's words, "Not the way you expect".
On May 21, 2021, Lil Baby & Kirk Franklin released a song for the Space Jam: A New Legacy soundtrack.
On June 8, 2021, a new poster was released with the trailer being announced to release for the following day.
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For a list of characters that have cameo appearances in the movie, see List of Space Jam: A New Legacy cameos.
For a list of other franchises references in the movie, see List of Space Jam: A New legacy franchise references.
- This is the very first Looney Tunes feature film released in stereoscopic 3D, due to being converted to 3D during post-production.
- This is the first theatrical traditionally-animated feature film in the 2020s decade; the next being Bob's Burgers: The Movie by 20th Century Studios.
- This is the very first Warner Animation Group film to feature the Looney Tunes characters.
- This is the first Warner Animation Group to use traditional animation for the animated characters rather than just computer animation.
- This is the second time the Iron Giant makes a cameo in another Warner Bros. film after Ready Player One.
- This is the third time King Kong makes a cameo in another Warner Bros. film after The LEGO Batman Movie and Ready Player One.
- This is the second time Scooby-Doo and Shaggy Rogers make cameos in the Looney Tunes feature film after Looney Tunes: Back in Action.
- This is the first time that Yakko, Wakko, and Dot make brief cameos in the Looney Tunes feature film.
- This the second time that Fred Flintstone, Barney Rubble, Wilma Flintstone, Betty Rubble, Bamm-Bamm Rubble, Pebble Flintstone, and Dino make cameos in the Looney Tunes feature film.
- The third Looney Tunes feature film to be rated PG by the MPA, after the original Space Jam and Looney Tunes: Back in Action.
- This is the first time characters from various R-rated Warner Bros.-owned horror films make cameos in a PG-rated family film from the said studio.
- This movie may have a few similarities to Disney's Ralph Breaks the Internet:
- Both are sequels to their predecessors.
- Both have a whole lot of characters from their respective studios make cameos.
- Both have the main character enter the digital world.
- Synopsis for Space Jam: A New Legacy, tweet from Ben Mekler, October 18, 2020
- Space Jam: A New Legacy on Looney Tunes Wiki
- Space Jam: A New Legacy on Space Jam Wiki
- Space Jam: A New Legacy at the Internet Movie Database