Last night, Deadline.com set the 18-35 demographic ablaze by posting a report that LeBron James was set to star in a sequel to the 1996 Warner Bros. classic, “Space Jam.” They even had a back story as to who was funding it (Dick Ebersol’s sons, Charlie and Willie), which gave the story a pinch of credibility. Great, now we know Deadline.com isn’t a homeless person screaming nonsense on the subway. Where’s the rest of the evidence? Wait, what’s that Brian Windhorst? There were absolutely ZERO substantiated facts in post? (Not counting info about the original movie.) Because it wasn’t true?
Source close to LeBron says there has been no substantive discussions regarding his starring in a Space Jam sequel.
— darren rovell (@darrenrovell) February 22, 2014
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
No quotes. No leaked scripts. No secret recordings. Nothing. Just Deadline.com’s word and anecdotes like this one.
[Deadline.com] I well remember when the studio produced the first one and delighted in the fact that top NBA players including Larry Bird, Patrick Ewing, Charles Barkley, Danny Ainge, Tyron “Muggsy” Bogues, Vlade Divac, Cedric Ceballos, Larry Johnson, Shawn Bradley and Paul West all did deals to be part of the film during a key basketball game between their trademark characters.
What the hell is a “key basketball game” and how does one “well remember” something? More importantly, how did all these news outlets read this blatant garbage and actually believe there was any truth behind it? Wishful thinking, of course, as the prospect of another “Space Jam” starring LeBron James is undeniably awesome for obvious reason. But come on guys, this thing reeked of B.S. from top to bottom.
For starters, why would LeBron make a sequel to Michael Jordan’s sole movie success? Don’t you think he’s trying harder to distinguish himself from the guy, not bring on more comparisons? And what’s with this corny line at the very beginning of the post. It reads like an old-timey hoax press-release.
[Deadline.com] What’s up, doc? A broken nose. Ouch! After he recovers from the injury suffered in last night’s game, NBA MVP LeBron James will be ready for his close-up — with Bugs Bunny.
With a set-up like that, we’re surprised Deadline didn’t go on to insinuate that actual aliens were being brought on as consultants.
Hey, maybe we’re missing something here. Something that USA Today, The AV Club, E! Online, The NY Daily News, Deadspin (say it ain’t so!), and IGN, and SB Nation know about this film concept that we don’t. But to our eyes, it seems kind of ridiculous to run with such a story before corroborating any of the alleged facts, whatsoever. It’s 2014 — just DM LeBron about the whole thing and he’ll get back to you.
Don’t run and cast your Monstars before they hatch. Control yourselves, guys.