Is LeBron James Starring In Space Jam 2?
If you haven't seen "Trainwreck" yet, do so. Not only is it one of the funniest, most poignant romantic comedies of all time, but a whole slew of professional athletes are in it doing silly stuff. Who doesn't love seeing a drugged up Amar'e Stoudemire in a hospital gown squirt blood in Bill Hader's face? That's solid gold.
One of those athletes, in case you're particularly out of the pop culture loop, is Cleveland Cavaliers' megasuperdooperstar LeBron James, who plays a prominent, quirky character in the film (himself). He's great. So great, in fact, that his performance may have sealed the deal (or at least set in motion) his role in a reboot of the 1996 Michael Jordan-vehicle "Space Jam." Or a sequel. Or something -- no one knows what's going on just yet. Here's what we do know.
Last month, Warner Bros. (who produced the original film) filed new trademarks for "Space Jam," then promptly turned around and inked a partnership with LeBron's SpringHill Entertainment. Sure, those two things on their own aren't exactly undeniable proof that LeBron James will take Michael Jordan's place alongside Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, but it's something.
Then Brian Windhorst tweeted out this bad boy and it was game on for the rumor mill.
Warner Bros. owns rights to Space Jam. There's been attempts by production companies to get LeBron to star in a reboot in recent years
— Brian Windhorst (@WindhorstESPN) July 22, 2015
LeBron triumphantly posted the Warner Bros. logo to his Instagram account around the same time news of his company's deal with the studio became public, which doesn't tell us much aside from LeBron's enthusiasm for what ostensibly is just a business partnership. If we know LeBron as well as we think we do, seeing a branded post on one of his social media accounts portends more than just a new line of action figures. It means he's excited about something. Very excited -- he never advertises his corporate dealings like this.
A photo posted by LeBron James (@kingjames) on
All things considered -- the deal with WB, the demand for a new Space Jam movie, the push to get LeBron to star in said movie, his performance in "Trainwreck" -- it would not be surprising if a sequel or reboot was in its earliest stages. He's clearly got the chops to keep an audience's attention and now he's got the high-powered friends in Hollywood needed to make something like this happen. Fingers crossed.
That's all, folks.
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