The idea of current NBA superstar/budding Hollywood star LeBron James starring in a “Space Jam” sequel/revival/reboot/something like that has persisted in the pop cultural landscape since it was first rumored back in February 2014. Last week, news of a deal between James and Warner Bros. to develop various potential entertainment projects reawakened that speculation, along with the discovery that WB has recently registered fresh “Space Jam” trade marks.
Nothing has been confirmed, but it looks like there’s at least a possibility of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck once again lacing up their high tops. When asked by a fan during a Twitter Q&A session if he was doing “Space Jam 2,” James responded with a firm “maybe,” along with affirming the belief that Looney Tunes do indeed rock.
— LeBron James (@KingJames) July 28, 2015
The original “Space Jam” was released in 1996, a live-action/animation hybrid starring Michael Jordan (joined by Charles Barkley and other NBA stars of the era), engaging in interstellar roundball warfare alongside the classic Looney Tunes characters. The movie wasn’t a critical success, but made $230.4 million in worldwide box office — and judging by the ongoing interest in a potential follow-up, clearly has a nostalgic pull among those who were kids in the mid-’90s. James has a well-received supporting role in “Trainwreck,” now in theaters, playing a comedic take on himself.
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