In case you were late to the party yesterday, like I was (stupid corporate job), you may have missed the news that Space Jam 2 has officially been announced with LeBron James as the lead actor and Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler, as one of the main producers for the film.
I don’t even know where to start with this news, that’s how excited I am. All I can say is…FINALLY! The long anticipated sequel to one of the greatest 90s sport movies is finally on its way and it’s being brought to us by a fast rising director fresh off the heels of a record breaking film. There are so many great things from the original that I am looking forward to seeing be readapted for this film that I had to narrow it down to a Top 5.
Here are the Top 5 things that I will be looking forward to in this movie:
- THE MONSTARS
Possibly one of the greatest things from the original was that the movie also featured other NBA stars at the time like Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, and Muggsy Bogues. Who will be the 5 that get their skills taken away in the sequel? I hope they take the Golden State Warriors starting 5 powers cause, let’s be honest, LeBron’s most realistic chance of beating Golden State is through a fictional movie involving cartoons.
2. The Comic Relief
The first movie featured one of the most popular comedians at the time, Bill Murray, and he offered a lot of comedic and acting relief since Michael Jordan was far from winning any sort of Oscar. The most logical person to fill this gap for the sequel is Kevin Hart. LeBron has shown to be a pretty competent actor in the movie Trainwreck so I can definitely see the two performing well with each other. Also, as a guy who’s the shortest in his group of friends, it’s funny to see Kevin make height jokes all the time.
Thankfully, I’m not that short though…
3. The Soundtrack
Basketball and Hip Hop are so synonymous with each other now that a kick ass soundtrack is necessary for a movie like Space Jam. I mean the first one contained R Kelly, LL Cool J, and The Method Man (just to name a few) on its soundtrack so if the sequel doesn’t have some of the biggest names in the game right now then I will be thoroughly disappointed and the movie can be considered complete trash at that point.
4. Lola Bunny
Ok, I’m not really that excited about this one, but it’s definitely worth noting that any guy can admit that Lola probably helped a few adolecent kids enter puberty sooner than expected. Is that wrong to admit? Maybe, but it sure as hell was true.
Now that we got that out of the way, here is my real number 4
The Signature Move
We all know that one of Jordan’s signature moves is the free throw line slam dunk, and that was beautifully exaggerated a bit with the half court dunk in the original Space Jam. LeBron actually lacks an in-game move that iconic. LeBron’s most iconic move was his pregame ritual where he would throw white chalk into the air, and while I think that will be included in the movie, it’s not as game changing as the half court slam. I’m eager to see what they have LeBron do at the game. Will they have LeBron barrel through The Monstars? Will they have LeBron inspire his teammates to play to their highest potential and have him dish an assist to a Looney Tune for the game winning shot? Or will he flop and take the game winning free throw shots? Whatever they decide to do, it has to scream LeBron James.
- The GOAT Fights
Ahhh, I can almost hear them now. All the internet rants, arguments, and trolls of who did it better, Michael or LeBron? I’m glad we live in a generation where fans will take this movie as a way for LeBron to continue to chase the accolades of Jordan and forever live in his shadow. So even if this movie tanks and is complete ass, the Twitter wars that it sparks is bound to keep fans amused for years.
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