Space Jam 2 has gotten a name change. The film will now be called Space Jam: A New Legacy. The new title was revealed today by the star of the film LeBron James, who will replace Michael Jordan in the sequel. Still on board, however, are Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester, Marvin the Martian, Elmer Fudd, and everyone's favorite Looney Tunes. Basketball stars in this film include Anthony Davis (Los Angeles Lakers), Klay Thompson (Golden State Warriors), Chris Paul (Oklahoma City), Damian Lillard (Portland Trailblazers), Diana Taurasi (Phoenix Mercury), Chiney Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks), and Nneka Ogwumike (Los Angeles Sparks). Don Cheadle and Star Trek: Discovery's Sonequa Martin-Green will also star in the film.
Space Jam Remains Incredibly Popular
This sequel feels like it has been in development since LeBron's rookie season in the NBA back in 2003. Rumors of a Space Jam sequel have been persistent for years, and nobody really knows what took them so long. Besides becoming a box office hit, the original has been a cable and streaming service staple for years, as well as seeing many releases on home video. Not to mention tons of toys, limited-edition releases, and even special Nike shoe releases. The nostalgia game is strong with a particular generation of moviegoers.
What also remains to be seen is if this will even get released to theaters. It has a date of July 16th, 2021. Still, with Warner Bros. investing heavily into the HBO Max streaming service and the changing by the hour theatrical business, it would not surprise me at all if they blow out a release of Space Jam: A New Legacy on HBO Max next spring or summer instead. Guess we will find out in 2021.