It seems like every old movie is getting a sequel or reboot these days and Space Jam is no exception. It’s no secret that Space Jam 2 is in the works at Warner Bros. but until now we didn’t know exactly when we should expect to see it. Well, that’s no longer a mystery because the studio finally revealed the official release date. According to Warner Bros., Space Jam 2 is set to hit theaters on July 16, 2021, with production set to begin later this year.
The original Space Jam was released in November 1996 so the sequel will arrive 25 years after its predecessor, more or less. The movie wasn’t particularly well-received by critics but managed to achieve a cult following thanks to its rather unique (at the time) blend of animation and live-action. It also helped that Space Jam featured Looney Tunes characters alongside famous NBA players. These included Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Larry Bird, and Michael Jordan as the main lead.
Michael Jordan Out, LeBron James In
Space Jam 2 will no longer star Michael Jordan as its protagonist but it will feature an equally famous basketball player in the form of LeBron James. The LA Lakers player is no stranger to the silver screen, however, this will be his first major acting role. Space Jam 2 will likely not end up being a blockbuster but the role could still be very important if the player is considering pursuing a serious acting career in the feature.
“The Space Jam collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie,” said James back when Space Jam 2 was first announced. “It’s so much bigger. I’d just love for kids to understand how empowered they can feel and how empowered they can be if they don’t just give up on their dreams. And I think Ryan did that for a lot of people [with Black Panther].”
The Ryan mentioned by James is none other than Ryan Coogler, the director of Black Panther. For Space Jam 2, Coogler will take on the role of producer, with Terence Nance coming it to serve as the movie’s director. Nance is best known for his directorial work on the comedy TV series Random Acts of Flyness where he also appears as the main lead. As far as the Looney Tunes are concerned, at the moment the only ones confirmed to appear in Space Jam 2 are Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, though we’re likely to see at least a few more just like we did in the original.