‘Space Jam’ and The Saga of Sequels that Almost Happened

by Jeremy Spirogis
Bugs and Lola Bunny, Michael Jordan, and Warner Bros. executives stand in front of the Warner Bros. Studio store

Space Jam 2 has been within the making for almost 25 years. Although the unique film was a giant success in 1996, it took LeBron James, Ryan Coogler, and a complete lot of nostalgia to get the sequel off the bottom. However, that doesn’t imply that there weren’t a number of makes an attempt to get a sequel off the bottom after the primary one hit theaters in 1996. The particulars of potential sequels are an enchanting journey into the minds of the unique movie’s makers. 

Bugs and Lola Bunny, Michael Jordan, and Warner Bros. executives stand in front of the Warner Bros. Studio store
Bugs and Lola Bunny, Michael Jordan, and Warner Bros. executives stand in entrance of the Warner Bros. Studio retailer | Evan Agostini/Liaison/Getty Images

Space Jam 2

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Originally, there have been plans to have a standard sequel to Space Jam, based on Animated Views. Joe Pytka, who directed the unique movie, was on board for a sequel, and Warner Brothers was excited to study from an unnamed producer that Michael Jordan was able to signal on for an additional film. There was just one downside, nevertheless. Jordan by no means signed on, and the sequel shortly fell aside earlier than it ever left the bottom. 

The film would have had Jordan and the Looney Tunes face off in opposition to a villain referred to as Berserk-O. Berserk-O was designed to appear to be Mel Brooks, who was additionally their option to play the villain. Not a lot else is understood about this specific sequel, nevertheless. After Jordan let it’s identified that he wouldn’t return to the franchise, a number of different sequels had been proposed. 

Race Jam

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Around the flip of the century, Warner Brothers needed to money in on their moneymaking property, based on Movie Fone. Among their first concepts for a sequel was one that might have pit Bugs Bunny and the sport in opposition to legendary race automobile driver Jeff Gordon. Not a lot is understood concerning the proposed plot of the film, however it reveals a method that Warner Bros. continued emulating by way of a number of failed sequel concepts. 

At the time, Jeff Gordon was the most important title in racing, and Warner Bros. was banking on a reputation that would draw like Michael Jordan. Whether it was Gordon’s regression or a change of coronary heart, nevertheless, the film by no means bought off the bottom. 

Spy Jam

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In 2001, Jackie Chan was not solely a world star on the field workplace, however he was additionally the star of his personal cartoon. With this sort of field workplace enchantment and Chan’s willingness to place his physique on the road for the kind of slapstick humor identified in Looney Tunes, Warner Brothers seemed to money in with a spy-themed sequel to Space Jam pairing him subsequent to Bugs Bunny and firm. 

An Entertainment Weekly article confirmed the need for Spy Jam, however it by no means bought off the bottom. Eventually, the concept shaped into an unrelated film referred to as Looney Tunes: Back in Action. Ironically, that movie featured a cameo by Gordon.

Skate Jam

Back in Action bombed, and with it, one of many extra fascinating concepts for Space Jam died. In 2019, world-famous skateboarder Tony Hawk revealed that he had a gathering with Warner Brothers about his personal Space Jam film, as reported by SB Nation. Skate Jam would have seen the most important title in skating group up with the Looney Tunes on the peak of his fame. After the corporate noticed losses for Back in Action, nevertheless, nothing was made. 

Space Jam: A New Legacy

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After years of planning, plenty of rumors, and a star sufficiently big to fill Jordan’s footwear, Space Jam’s sequel is lastly taking place. Space Jam: A New Legacy filmed in 2019 and can launch in 2021. While plot particulars are unknown, the movie will presumably see LeBron James group up with Bugs Bunny and the remainder of the Looney Tunes. 

James will take the massive display screen with a solid of basketball royalty: Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson, Chris Paul, and WNBA Stars Nneka Ogwumike and Diana Taurasi. The movie may even characteristic famend actor Don Cheadle, with Malcolm D. Lee taking on as director. It is scheduled to be launched in July of 2021. Depending on how that goes, maybe a brand new model of a few of these unmade plans will see the sunshine of day. 

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