Space Jam: A New Legacy (formerly known as Space Jam 2) is an upcoming 2021 American 3D live-action/animated crossover 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, who co-wrote the script with Sev Ohanian.

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.

Cast

Live-action

  • LeBron James as himself
  • Don Cheadle
  • Sonequa Martin-Green as LeBron’s wife

Additionally, NBA players Klay Thompson, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul, and Kyle Kuzma as well as WNBA players Diana Taurasi, Nneka Ogwumike, and Chiney Ogwumike are set to make cameo appearances.

Characters from other Warner-owned properties including It / Pennywise the Dancing Clown, Lord Voldemort, The Wicked Witch of the West, Agent Smith, Alex DeLarge, Mad Max, Stanley Ipkiss / The Mask, Bruce Wayne / Batman, and The Joker will reportedly additionally appear in the film.

Voice cast

Production

Development

In a November 2016 interview with Mr. Wavvy, Space Jam director Joe Pytka revealed that following the first film's success, he had been pitched a "really weird" idea for a sequel that would have starred pro golfer Tiger Woods, with Jordan in a smaller role. Pytka explained how the idea came from an out of studio script conference, with people who worked on the original film allegedly involved. Ultimately, nothing materialized from the idea.[2][3] Producer Ivan Reitman participated in a similar interview with Mr. Wavvy, also in November 2016, in which he also revealed an idea he had for a sequel, though his sequel would have starred Jordan.[4]

In February 2014, Warner Bros. announced a potential sequel set to star LeBron James. Charlie Ebersol was set to produce, with a script by his brother, Willie.[5] Representatives of James denied the claim that he would be involved.[6] 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."[7] In July 2015, James and his production company, SpringHill Entertainment, signed a deal with Warner Bros. for television, movies, and digital content after receiving positive reviews for his acting role in Trainwreck.[8][9][10] On May 2, 2016, Justin Lin was said to be in talks to direct the sequel; co-writing the screenplay with Andrew Dodge and Alfredo Botello.[11] The film is scheduled to start production soon.[12] On November 15, 2016, the film's anniversary, a teaser trailer, in the form of a Nike advertisement, was released on Twitter under #MonstarsBack.[13] On December 1, 2016, Bugs Bunny and the Monstars returned in a Foot Locker commercial starring Blake Griffin and Jimmy Butler.[14][15]

In August 2018, Lin left the project. Terence Nance entered early negotiations to direct the film.[16]

In September 2018, Ryan Coogler was announced to produce the film and SpringHill Entertainment posted a teaser image officially announcing the film,[17] with production set to begin in summer 2019 during the NBA off-season.[18][19]

Filming has been announced to set in California[20][21][22][23][24][25][26] and will shoot within the 30 mile zone in Los Angeles.[27][28][29] The film received $21.8 million in tax credits in a new tax incentive program in the state.[30][31][32][33][34][35][36][37][38]

Trivia

  • It was the very first Looney Tunes feature film released in stereoscopic 3D, due to being converted to 3D during post-production.
  • It was the second theatrical traditionally-animated feature film in the 2020s decade, behind Bob’s Burgers: The Movie by 20th Century Fox now how a Disney property.
  • It was the very first Warner Animation Group film to feature the Looney Tunes characters.

References

  1. https://twitter.com/SpringHillEnt/status/10424887398
  2. ""Space Jam" Director Reveals Spike Lee Almost Wrote the Film, Scrapped Tiger Woods Sequel". (November 15, 2016).
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  4. "Ivan Reitman confirms Twins sequel still in the works with Eddie Murphy". (November 23, 2016).
  5. Busch, Anita (February 21, 2014). "Ebersols Aboard To Produce And Script Warner Bros' 'Space Jam 2′ As A Starring Vehicle For LeBron James".. Deadline. Retrieved on February 21, 2014.
  6. Moore, Matt (February 21, 2014). "Report: No 'Space Jam 2' planned for LeBron James".. CBS Sports. Retrieved on May 3, 2016.
  7. "Space Jam 2 Rumors: NBA MVPs Rumored To Clash As LeBron James And Kevin Durant To Star In Sequel! KD To Tune Squad And LBJ To Monstars?".. KDrama Stars (May 16, 2014). Retrieved on May 29, 2014.
  8. "LeBron James signs with Warner Bros., stokes rumors of 'Space Jam' sequel". (July 22, 2015). Retrieved on July 22, 2015.
  9. "LeBron James: I’ll help pay for hundreds of kids to go to college"..
  10. Trumbore, Dave (August 14, 2015). "LeBron James Hopeful for 'Great Things' in 'Space Jam 2′".. Collider.
  11. Ford, Rebecca (May 2, 2016). "Justin Lin Circling 'Space Jam' Sequel Starring LeBron James (Exclusive)".. Retrieved on May 3, 2016.
  12. "Air Jordan 7 "Hare" Promo Space Jam Movie Prop Up for Grabs". (August 11, 2016). Retrieved on August 14, 2016.
  13. "And you thought this was over... #MonstarsBack -The Monstars". (November 15, 2016). Retrieved on November 15, 2016.
  14. "Space Jam Commercial". (December 1, 2016). Retrieved on December 1, 2016.
  15. "Foot Locker ad brings back Bugs Bunny". (December 1, 2016). Retrieved on December 1, 2016.
  16. Gonzalez, Umberto (August 3, 2018). "‘Space Jam 2': Terence Nance in Advanced Talks to Direct Lebron James (Exclusive)". The Wrap. Retrieved on August 5, 2018.
  17. "SpringHill Ent. on Twitter" (in en), Twitter. 
  18. Marisa Guthrie (September 19, 2018). "LeBron James Sets 'Black Panther's' Ryan Coogler to Produce 'Space Jam' Sequel (Exclusive)".. The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved on September 19, 2018.
  19. Chris Agar (September 20, 2018). "LeBron James' Space Jam Movie Is A Reboot, Not A Sequel".. ScreenRant. Retrieved on September 24, 2018.
  20. "LeBron James' 'Space Jam 2' to Film in California" (in en), The Hollywood Reporter. 
  21. McNary, Dave (2018-11-19). "LeBron James’ ‘Space Jam 2’ Set to Film in California" (in en-US), Variety. 
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  24. "LeBron James is Reportedly in Talks for 'Friday the 13th' Reboot | The Source" (in en-US), The Source (2018-10-22). 
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  26. "‘Space Jam 2’ with LeBron James is actually happening", SBNation.com. 
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  28. "Space Jam 2 Will Shoot in California" (in en-US), MovieWeb (2018-11-19). 
  29. "‘Space Jam 2’ with LeBron James is actually happening", SBNation.com. 
  30. McNary, Dave (2018-11-19). "LeBron James’ ‘Space Jam 2’ Set to Film in California" (in en-US), Variety. 
  31. "Warner Bros.’ 'Space Jam 2' Gets $21.8 Cali. Tax Credit | Animation Magazine". (en-US) www.animationmagazine.net.
  32. Patten, Dominic (2018-11-19). "LeBron James’ ‘Space Jam 2,’ Dual Janis Joplin Pics & More Snag CA Tax Credits" (in en-US), Deadline. 
  33. "'Space Jam 2' Among Projects to Receive California Tax Credits" (in en-US), TheWrap (2018-11-19). 
  34. Ng, David. "'Space Jam 2,' starring LeBron James, to receive $21.8-million tax break to shoot in California". latimes.com.
  35. "‘Space Jam 2,’ starring LeBron James, scores big with California film tax break. Swoosh!" (in en-US), East Bay Times (2018-11-20). 
  36. Weiss, Josh (2018-11-19). "Development: Space Jam 2 to film on West Coast; Mr. Mercedes driving toward Season 3; more" (in en), SYFY WIRE. 
  37. "'Space Jam 2' Among Projects to Receive California Tax Credits" (in en-US), TheWrap (2018-11-19). 
  38. McNary, Dave (2018-11-19). "LeBron James’ ‘Space Jam 2’ Set to Film in California" (in en-US), Variety. 

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