Legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk has confirmed there were plans for him to star in a Space Jam-style film alongside Looney Tunes characters in the early 2000s.
Hawk confirmed the news on Twitter, writing, "in 2003, I was requested to meet with Warner Brothers about doing a film tentatively titled Skate Jam. They were bringing back Looney Tunes with Back In Action & then wanted to start on my project immediately. A week later Back In Action bombed & Skate Jam was shelved forever" The image Hawk shared alongside the post shows a caricature of himself skateboarding alongside Marvin the Martian and the Tazmanian Devil.
in 2003, I was requested to meet with Warner Brothers about doing a film tentatively titled “Skate Jam.” They were bringing back Looney Tunes with “Back In Action” & then wanted to start on my project immediately. A week later Back In Action bombed & Skate Jam was shelved forever pic.twitter.com/9giKzBnlWH— Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) January 5, 2019
The title Skate Jam is obviously a reference to the title of the 1996 film Space Jam, which paired basketball star Michael Jordan with Looney Tunes characters in a basketball tournament against a team of intergalactic aliens. Space Jam received mixed reviews but grossed $230.4 million at the box office, making it the highest-grossing basketball film of all time.
The post makes it clear that the failure of 2003's Looney Tunes: Back in Action is mostly to blame for the movie not getting made. Back in Action received mixed reviews upon release and bombed at the box office, only earning $68.5 million against an $80 million budget.
Hawk is considered one of the most successful and influential pro skateboarders ever. He is known both for the first documented 900, which is considered one of the most technically demanding tricks in the business, at the 1999 X-Games and for his licensed series of best-selling skateboarding video games.
A long awaited sequel to Space Jam is currently in development starring Lebron James. Space Jam 2 will be directed by Terence Nance (The Oversimplification Of Her Body) and is produced by Ryan Coogler. The movie is expected to film in 2019.