Space Jam may be a flawed film, but it’s strengthened by the nostalgia of people in their mid-to-late 20s, an amazing soundtrack, and came directly in the middle of the Chicago Bulls’ ’90s dynasty. Of course, the Looney Tunes were at an all-time high in popularity, and who didn’t love Michael Jordan back then (outside of Detroit)?
Nobody since has been able to capture Jordan’s popularity, but many have come close. One such basketball player, LeBron James, may be the closest to Jordan that we’ve had since he arrived in the NBA. However, he also has faced a ton of criticism, something that Jordan didn’t experience at the same level. Nevertheless, if there were to ever be a Space Jam sequel, LeBron James would be the de facto star… for better or worse.
Yesterday, word came out that Warner Bros. inked a deal with LeBron James for the basketball star to appear in various WB projects spanning film, TV, and online digital content. Warner Bros. released a statement with the announcement that reads:
“LeBron James has one of the most powerful, well-known brands in the world and we are excited to be in business with him and his partner, Maverick Carter, and SpringHill Entertainment,” Warner Bros. CEO and Chairman Kevin Tsujihara said. “The combination of LeBron’s global media presence and Warner Bros.’ unmatched production and distribution expertise is a big win for fans everywhere.”
Last month, it was reported that Warner Bros. filed a new trademark on Space Jam, re-sparking rumors from 2014 that also had LBJ attached to star in the sequel. There’s nothing concrete, but the new deal could pave the way for LBJ to lace up against the Monstars. Would you be interested in seeing King James team up with Bugs, Daffy, and the other Looney Tunes?