So, we just watched the trailer for the new Space Jam movie and chills. Chills!
Every 90s kid needs to stop what they’re doing right now and watch the trailer for Space Jam: A New Legacy. The original Space Jam movie featured Looney Tunes stars Bugs and Lola Bunny, Tweety Bird, Porky the Pig, and countless other cartoon favorites. But most importantly, the movie starred basketball legend Michael Jordan along with acting icon Bill Murray. The movie was every basketball-loving 90s kid’s dream come true. It grossed over $230 million worldwide and spawned a billion-dollar merchandise empire. And now, 25 years after its release Space Jam is back with a new legacy.
Space Jam: A New Legacy stars LeBron James as himself. LeBron is tasked with saving his son from virtual reality when they both get sucked into the “Server-verse,” a group of supercomputers where the Warner Bros. archives are stored. So, now we get to the coolest part. This new Space Jam movie doesn’t just limit itself to the Looney Tunes world. It’s featuring all kinds of Warner Bros. characters including King Kong, Iron Giant, and Hanna Barbara. But don’t worry, everyone’s favorite tunes will still be there including Lola Bunny, Bugs, Daffy, and Tweety. Space Jam: A New Legacy hits theaters and drops on HBO Max simultaneously on July 16.
Years Ago, LeBron James Turned Down the Chance to Film the New Space Jam Movie
Rumors of a new Space Jam movie have been going around for almost two decades. So, it’s no surprise to hear that the idea was presented to LeBron years ago, 15 years ago to be exact. During an interview, LeBron shared why he initially turned down the role.
“…It’s all about timing. When it was brought to us 15 years ago, at that point in time, I didn’t think I was ready to do anything of that magnitude,” said LeBron. “I wanted to continue to focus on my game, dedicate myself to the offseason, and give to the game as much as I could. I felt like I owed it to myself, to the game.”
LeBron also admitted that, at the time, he didn’t want to appear to be living in Michael Jordan’s shadow.
“In my younger days, part of the thinking, besides focusing on the game of basketball, was, ‘Space Jam was so good, how can I top this?’ There’s always going to be conversations about LeBron trying to do everything that Michael [did]. So when I was younger, you’d give in to those,” said LeBron. “But I’ve gotten older, and you know who you are. You know what you believe in, and you know what you stand for. Those type of conversations are going to happen anyway. They don’t really get to you as much as they [would] when you’re younger.”
LeBron James, we cannot thank you enough for making the new Space Jam movie. And we promise never to compare you to Michael Jordan.