Deadline released a story on Friday saying that Space Jams 2 is not only in the works but itâ€™s in the works and ready for a new lead by the name of LeBron James. The problem is, someone needs to tell that to LeBron.
The first movie grossed $230 million worldwide and was a huge hit, so Dick Ebersolâ€™s sons Charlie and Willie Ebersol have agreed with Warner Bros to produce the sequel and as Deadline puts it, it will be a â€œstarring vehicle for Jamesâ€. I as the rest of the world interpreted that as Lebron being on board with the project.
Just to give it some perspective, the original Space Jam came out in 1996 and went up against Mel Gibsonâ€™s â€œRansomâ€ at the box office and took number 1. It played a huge part of introducing the League and basketball to a new generation of children many Iâ€™m sure bugged the crap out of their parents to sign them up for basketball after the movie was over.
Other NBA legends also joined the production such as Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing, and Charles Barkley, giving parents, especially fathers a reason to drag their kids and sit through the movie the standard 3 or 4 times.
DID ANYONE TELL LEBRON ?
Shortly after the story broke, ESPN sent out a tweet and basically said that Lebron was not on board or at least not yet.
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
Most fans on twitter seemed to be upset but meâ€¦Iâ€™m completely indifferent. I think itâ€™s another lazy sequel which Iâ€™m not at all a fan of and a cure for something that doesnâ€™t need to be fixed. I didnâ€™t see the first one and it would take my daughter (who is all of 6 months old), to drag me to a sequelâ€¦and even then I would probably give that a No-look pass.
If something desperately needs a fix, itâ€™s the NFL. I wonder what RGIII is doing this off season.