Posts Tagged ‘Space Jam’

Are we closer to LeBron starring in Space Jam 2?

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Hollywood is a wonderful and strange place, a different universe that operates in a way that is often confusing yet ultimately serves to delight and entertain. Which is to say, the following story is still under some scrutiny, but if we are to believe published reports, we might be one step closer to a Space Jam sequel starring LeBron James.

Rumors of a sequel to Michael Jordan’s popular original started two years ago, when it was reported that LeBron would consider starring in a Space Jam sequel. Today, according to a story from The Hollywood Reporter, an accomplished director is on board…

Justin Lin, Andrew Dodge and Alfredo Botello are ready to shoot some intergalactic hoops with LeBron James.

The Fast & Furious 6 and Star Trek Beyond helmer is co-writing with Dodge and Botello the Warner Bros.’ sequel Space Jam 2. Lin is also eyeing to direct and produce via his Perfect Storm Entertainment, and sources say he will be thoroughly involved in the creative development of the project.

Rumors of a follow-up to the live action/animated 1996 hit have been brewing for years, and picked up again when James and his company SpringHill Entertainment signed a deal with Warner Bros. in July. The Cleveland Cavaliers NBA player, who recently appeared in Amy Schumer comedy Trainwreck, will star in Space Jam 2. He’s repped by WME.

The first film, a live action/animation hybrid that earned $230.4 million worldwide, starred Michael Jordan and a collection of Looney Tunes cartoon characters who teamed up to play a game of ball against aliens threatening their freedom.

Lin helmed four of the Fast & Furious films, starting with 2006’s The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift through 2013’s Fast & Furious 6. He directed Star Trek Beyond, which is slated to hit theaters on July 22, 2016. His other credits include 2002’s Better Luck Tomorrow and episodes of True Detective and Scorpion. He’s repped by CAA, Cinetic Management and Sloss Eckhouse.

Great, huh? Not so fast, my friends. ESPN’s Brian Windhorst says there is no deal set as of yet…

Michael Jordan’s Space Jam uniform up for auction

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Michael Jordan anchored some of the greatest NBA teams ever assembled, but perhaps the greatest team he ever played with was actually the Tune Squad, which mounted an epic offense in order to beat the Monstars during the great 1996 film Space Jam. And if you loved Space Jam, you can now own a piece of the film…provided you have the cash.

The auction site Invaluable has Jordan’s actual Tune Squad uniform from the film, with a starting bid of $10,000 required to get in the game. According to Invaluable

Estimated Price: $10,000 – $15,000

Description:
1715. Michael Jordan uniform from Space Jam. (Warner Bros., 1996) Screen worn complete basketball uniform including (1) XL AIS brand mesh, red, white and blue-trimmed sports jersey with “Tunesquad” logo on the front and signature number “23” emblazoned on the back and (1) matching pair of size 38 shorts. Worn in the climactic showdown between Michael Jordan’s “Tunesquad” and the “Monstars”. With signs of wear and minor staining. In production used fine condition.

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(via CBS Sports)

LeBron Would Consider Starring In Space Jam Sequel

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ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Late Friday afternoon, a huge story broke, at least for those of us who grew up loving the classic Michael Jordan-meets-Bugs Bunny movie Space Jam. According to Deadline.com, the sons of longtime sports broadcasting veteran Dick Ebersol had reached a deal with Warner Brothers to create a long-awaited sequel to Space Jam, in which LeBron James would star. Seems like a no-brainer, right?

Well, there’s good news and bad news. The bad news? LeBron didn’t know anything about the movie he was supposedly starring in…

The good news? He didn’t rule it out, either. As LeBron said to the Palm Beach Post

Q. There were conflicting reports about you starring in a Space Jam remake.

JAMES: “It’s news to me. I haven’t heard anything about it. Like I said, I’ve always loved Space Jam 1. It was one of my favorite movies growing up. If I have the opportunity, it’d be great. But that’s news to me. Obviously I don’t want to be on there with this thing on my nose [note: a reference to his currently bandaged, broken nose]. We’ll see what happens.”

Q. No one’s approached you about it?

JAMES: “I haven’t heard about it. Maybe they’ve got it in my office. I haven’t been to my office in a while.”

Q. Does a matchup with the Monstars freak you out at all?

JAMES: “Absolutely. Those guys are very intimidating and they’re bigger than us. We’ve got to do our due diligence here on Earth.”

LeBron James And Comedian Kevin Hart Set To Team Up For Movie

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The history of NBA players in the movies is a long and varied tale, with differing results. Just in my lifetime, we can go from Michael Jordan in “Space Jam” to Shaquille O’Neal in “Blue Chips” and “Kazaam” to, more recently, Kevin Durant in “Thunderstruck”. Even though reigning MVP LeBron James has had a hand in various entertainment industry pursuits the last few years, he had yet to make his true big screen debut.

But according to a report from Deadline.com, LeBron is teaming up with popular comedian Kevin Hart to make his first flick. Hart, who over the last few years has become a fixture at NBA events and All-Star weekends, will co-write the movie with his writing team, and the movie will film next summer. The story, at least from initial reports, will cast James in a role he would seem to know pretty well …

[Hart will] then star as a man who lives in the shadow of his NBA superstar brother (James), but gets a chance to prove himself when he and some pals attend a weekend fantasy basketball camp in Miami. Hart is certainly dominant in the stand-up arena, but posting up against this screen sibling could be dangerous. Hart is under 5’3″ while James is a towering 6’8.” That kind of sibling size differential hasn’t been seen since Danny DeVito and Arnold Schwarzenegger starred in another Universal comedy, Twins. They’ll sign a director when Hart and his cohorts turn in the script.

30 for 30: Space Jam Edition

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — What if I told you that someone had put together a hilarious spoof of ESPN’s terrific 30 For 30 documentary series? Well, it’s true — the people at Yahoo’s Screen Sketchy have poked fun at the ridiculousness of Michael Jordan‘s iconic cartoon movie Space Jam in the best way possible: By talking about it as if it were completely serious. As one of the talking heads notes in the video, “I was home watching TV, when they broke in and said Michael Jordan is teaming up with a bunny to take on a team of alien basketball players.”


VIDEO: 30 For 30 Space Jam

(via TNLP)

Space Jam’s amazing website intact, 15 years later

by Micah Hart

This was floating around the internet late last year, but with NBA TV set to premiere that all-time basketball classic Space Jam tonight at 8 ET, it is worth revisiting.

Space Jam came out in 1996, which in internet time is the equivalent of about 40,000 years ago. You can tell this too, because the promotional website for the movie still exists, untouched, in its original form. You really need to take a few minutes and check it out:

This was probably cutting edge marketing in 1996, now it looks like something a kindergartner would get put in timeout for.

Still not ready for some Space Jam? How about a little musical accompaniment to get you in the mood. Take it away, Monstars:

I don’t know what it says about me that I loved this song when it came out.

8 ET on NBA TV — set the DVR.

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