With ‘Space Jam 2’ finally coming together it sounds like a reason for fans of the initial movie to be thrilled. We recently learned that Ryan Coogler (‘Black Panther’) has joined the production which is giving it a lot of forward momentum, but there are a few new comments which might not have everyone thrilled. LeBron James and Maverick Carter’s SpringHill Entertainment are responsible for bringing the film to life, and both have had a few comments to make about the production.
The first thing we’ll look at is the inclusion of Michael Jordan. According to Carter:
“We’ll see. Hopefully, there will be a role for Michael if he wants it. But Michael Jordan is Michael F*****’ Jordan. It doesn’t matter [if James] calls him, he’s gonna do whatever the hell he wants, which he has earned that right to do. LeBron and Michael are not sitting around talking about Space Jam.”
Many of us feel that they should be, but it is understandable that they aren’t. Jordan has become an immensely successful businessman after his stellar career in the sport so if he is interested that is great but if he is enjoying his time off camera, you can’t argue that. Still, LeBron added in that “I’ve been hearing about Space Jam 2 since I was 16” and would be “humbled” if the iconic player were to participate as “he was the greatest thing I’d ever seen.”
This iteration alone has been in the works for at least two years with James involved. As to what they have in mind when making the film? Carter states that “There’s already been one that was good, we gotta make a film that’s great” and that they’re looking to do what sounds to be a soft reboot to build a franchise from.
The idea is extra fun for LeBron now that they have Coogler involved:
“I always wanted to be a superhero. Batman was my favorite. But I knew I could never be Bruce Wayne. You’ve got to understand, for me that was in no way possible; I never felt like I could be the president of a multibillion-dollar company.
“[Coogler] gave this generation’s kids something I didn’t have when I was a kid, and that’s a superhero movie with an African-American cast.”
It is easy to grasp why his inclusion is so important to LeBron. ‘Space Jam’ is the highest basketball-themed movie of all time having brought in $250 million and with the talent involved, they’re hoping to be able to surpass that. If a new franchise is in mind, it makes sense that they’ll want to kick things off with a strong opening.
Are you looking forward to ‘Space Jam 2’? Do you feel that doing a soft reboot or a full reboot would be the right way to go? What are the chances that Michael Jordan will be involved in the production? Share your thoughts in the comments below!