Perhaps encouraged by the majesty of the Space Jam NBA 2K14 mod, folks have got the ball rolling for Space Jam 2, 18 years after the original came out. The sons of legendary NBC Sports executive Dick Ebersol are teaming up to develop the sequel, with the goal of having LeBron James star. From Deadline:
Another Space Jam film? Why not? The first film, which broke ground for Warner Bros and starred then-Chicago Bulls star Michael Jordan and a slew of other top NBA players, ended up grossing $230M worldwide for the studio and even launched a kids TV series.
Charlie Ebersol, who already has a good relationship with the NFL through his NFL Characters Unite series on USA Network, is about ready to do the same with the NBA. He has been brought on to the produce the picture through his production company, The Company, from a script by his brother Willie Ebersol.
I grew up with Space Jam (and the Space Jam soundtrack, which needs a similarly star-studded follow-up) and regard this as pretty cool news. The question now is whether the plot will be similar -- NBA players losing their talents to conniving aliens -- and if so, which players make sense as the victims. Giannis Antetokounmpo. I want Giannis in there. That's all I ask.
Meanwhile, this is somewhat discouraging:
Worth noting: SPACE JAM 2 w/ LeBron has been kicking around for years. Lots of writers have turned it down.— Jeremy Smith (@mrbeaks) February 22, 2014
Don't mess around with this, Ebersol bros. What are the Quad City DJs up to these days?
Reminder: Please visit the Space Jam website.
Well it was fun while it lasted. LeBron sources refute Deadline report, there's no Space Jam 2 or Warner Bros. project in works— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) February 22, 2014