Space Jam 2's First Trailer Looks Like Ready Player One, But With Sports

Lebron James and Tweety Bird look skeptical in Space Jam: A New Legacy.
Lebron James and Tweety Bird look skeptical in Space Jam: A New Legacy.
Image: Warner Bros.

People have basically been talking about a Space Jam sequel with Lebron James for as long as Lebron James has been in the NBA. Slowly but surely that finally came together and now, 25 years after the first film was released, there’s a trailer for Space Jam: A New Legacy.


The Warner Bros. film, directed by Malcolm D. Lee, is making it clear this is a new take on the franchise—which originally starred Michael Jordan—even if it is based on the same concept of mixing a real, live-action sports star with the studio’s famous Looney Tunes characters. James stars as himself and gets stuck inside a villainous A.I. (played by Marvel’s Don Cheadle). He, of course, then must team up with the animated favorites (minus one) for an epic basketball game to escape. There’s way more to it too, some of which you see in the first trailer for Space Jam: A New Legacy.

A New Legacy co-stars Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny, Star Trek’s Sonequa Martin-Green, Daffy Duck, Atlanta’s Khris Davis, Tweety Bird, Road Runner, and others.

Space Jam: A New Legacy opens in theaters and HBO Max July 16.

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I think one of the underappreciated aspects of the original film is that... it really could only work with Michael Jordan as the lead. The story was built around the unique aspect of his life, that he went from the best basketball player in the game to a sideshow of a minor league baseball player, and needed to rediscover his passion for the game he loved.

(insert comment about the Jordan Gambling Conspiracy Theories here, they’re interesting but not very likely)

It’s one of the bits that made Space Jam feel... well, interesting, even if it was never particularly, you know, good.

Which I think is the biggest problem with this film. Sure, we’re not there for LeBron’s actual story, we’re there for the Looney Tunes characters playing weird-ass basketball, but the painfully generic “father isn’t a particularly good father, I mean, not in an actively bad way, he tries but he’s not succeeding at that, I wonder if he’ll learn how to connect with his son, and yeah, it’s almost always a son” plot just feels like its going to be an utter lodestone that you just want to go away every time it shows up...

...whereas the “Michael Jordan, former Basketball Player” story stuff was at least interesting and unique and could even be compelling a bit even with Jordan’s attempts at acting.