Everybody get up!
Warner Bros. and LeBron James announced a new partnership Wednesday, and as a result, rumors that James will star in Space Jam 2 are flying.
This is not the first or second time rumors of James playing in the sequel to the 1996 hit have surfaced. It makes sense. Big basketball sensation Michael Jordan starred alongside Bugs Bunny and the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes characters in the first installment, so why not let another basketball sensation face the Monstars?
James previously mentioned that he would like to star in the next installment. And in 2014, word spread that LeBron would be doing just that. Those rumors were obviously denied.
Last month, Warner Bros. filed new trademarks for Space Jam, CBS Sports reports. Though a new movie may not be on the way, it is hard not to think one isn’t in the works.
Wall Street Journal reports that the new partnership between Warner Bros. and LeBron James’ production company is part of James’ plan to construct an “entertainment business,” according to IGN. James said that connecting with his fans has always been one of his passions. “In everything I’ve done, from Nike commercials to Uninterrupted and Survivor’s Remorse, it’s always about connecting with people of all ages and providing unique content they can all enjoy,” James said.
James added that he has always loved movies and he thinks his partnership with Warner Bros. will aid him in “continuing to push the envelope.” “I can’t wait to see what we come up with,” James said.
This news comes just after the basketball star appeared in Amy Schumer’s Trainwreck. And he’s actually getting good reviews for his acting. Better than Shaquille O’Neal, at least.
So far, there’s no official word on a second Space Jam, but come on. Why not bring it back?
Maybe you should ask the Twittersphere. For whatever reason, Twitter users are not convinced or impressed.
According to E!, it could be that users and critics were so pleasantly surprised by James’ acting in Trainwreck that imagining him acting alongside cartoon characters seems wrong. Or, maybe they just wanted someone else to stand in Jordan’s shoes? Some say Kobe and some say Curry.
If the film does happen, there will be plenty of room for all of the stars.