Welcome back to the space jam! It's been 25 years since the original film with Michael Jordan, but now NBA Lakers powerhouse LeBron James is getting his turn to build his own Tune Squad in "Space Jam: A New Legacy." The new sequel already looks amazing from the previews we've seen, bringing back all the beloved Tunes and then some. But before you step onto the court for "Space Jam: A New Legacy," here are the 9 things you need to know. Be sure to watch it in theaters or on HBO Max this Friday.
This Is a Standalone Sequel to "Space Jam"
The '90s babies will know that this isn't the first basketball film to take place in space. There was the original 1996 film "Space Jam" which featured Michael Jordan as the team captain of the Tune Squad. After its success, Warner Bros spent years trying to figure out what the next jam would be for audiences. At one point, they even approached Tony Hawk about possibly doing "Skate Jam." Eventually they were able to get LeBron James to sign up and then they were off to the races.
Malcolm D. Lee Will Be Directing
The man who's helming this new feat is "Girls Trip" and "Night School" director Malcolm D. Lee. His approach to creating the film has been to make it feel more like a video game. He wants the movie to make you feel like you're actually at the game as an audience member. The immersive experience won't be the typical kind of outing that you'd expect in theaters in his opinion. We're crossing our fingers in the hopes that we'll get courtside seats to this new, creative way of moviemaking.
LeBron James is Headed to Tune World
Similar to the way Michael Jordan was yanked down a hole while golfing in the first film, LeBron James is going to be dropped straight into Tune World. He'll be heading there to start recruiting his team for the game of the century. And we already know that once he's in their world, he'll be greeted by the usual suspects. We're talking about all of our favorite Looney Tunes including the one and only Bugs Bunny. Also, unlike the original film, LeBron James will be converted into a cartoon upon entry.
This Live Action/Animated Flick Will Switch between 2D & 3D
We know James will be turned into a toon in Tune World. But what we're most looking forward to is seeing the iconic cartoon characters we've loved since our childhood being transformed into 3D animations. James will be taking his team from Tune World and bringing them into the live action space jam. It's so incredible that we've now reached a point where we can incorporate live action, animation, plus being able to fluctuate between 2D and 3D at a moment's notice. The film truly has something for everyone.
Ryan Coogler Is Producing This Film
Another surprise that we didn't expect is that "Black Panther" director Ryan Coogler is one of the producers on this flick. Having directed the film that gave us the wonderful world of Wakanda, we can only imagine how wildly imaginative the main settings will be in outer space. And, another fun fact, Ryan's brother Keenan Coogler is one of the screenwriters of the film. These brothers have worked together before as Keenan played the role of Cato in Ryan's film "Fruitvale Station." But having them working together as a screenwriter and producer, we can't wait to see what they come up with.
Don Cheadle Is the Villain
It may be difficult to see Don Cheadle as anything other than the heroic MCU character War Machine. It's probably even weirder to imagine him as a villain in general. Well, we hope you're ready to see his dark side because Cheadle is the one putting James in the hot seat. Cheadle's villain is named Al-G Rhythm. He's an algorithm that's somehow able to trap LeBron and his son in a virtual space. Because this artificial intelligence algorithm come to life has complete control over this world, LeBron will have to win in order to escape the jam that he's in.
The Stakes Are Extremely High
Because James and his son are stuck in a virtual world, it seems like they're the only ones in danger, right? Well, we thought that was the case, until Al-G Rhythm dropped a bomb on us. Not only will James lose his family if he doesn't win, but all of the Tunes on his team will be deleted from existence as well. Even if you're not quite invested in "Space Jam: A New Legacy" yet, we're pretty sure this is one of the things you'd want to know if you ever really loved these Tunes as a kid.
The Goon Squad Will Be Voiced by Various NBA Players
The mighty Goon Squad that has been assembled by Al-G Rhythm might have some voices that you'll recognize if you're a fan of the NBA. It's confirmed that Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Klay Thompson, Nneka Ogwumike, and Diana Taurasi will be voicing various ballers on the Goon Squad. There was also a little birdy (and we're not talking about Tweety Bird) that told us Michael Jordan could be making a surprising cameo in the film. There's no confirmation in what capacity we'll see him, but actor Don Cheadle claims that it's in a way you won't expect.
Warner Bros Will Bring Other Cartoon Characters into the Mix
After seeing a couple of trailers for "Space Jam: A New Legacy," we were able to spot a few things that you might not know about. And when we say things, we mean a multitude of additional cartoon characters not from Looney Tune.! Just to name a few, we saw the Flintstones, the Jetsons, Yogi Bear, the Mystery Gang, King Kong, the Iron Giant, and many more! How could you not be ecstatic to see all of these characters in three-dimensional space even if it's only for a minute? We hope that they play into the film more somehow, but even having them in the audience cheering is good enough for us.
July 16, 2021
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