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Is Warner Bros. developing "Space Jam 2"?

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by Jerry Beck
February 21, 2014 9:20 PM
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Deadline Hollywood is reporting that Warner Bros. is putting Space Jam 2 in fast track development. 

For a studio with a lax program to compete with the feature animation explosion - The Lego Movie grosses have certainly awakened the sleeping giant. 

NBA MVP LeBron James will reportedly star (though there was some debate about that from various sources last night) in producer Charlie Ebersol's project, which is being run through his production company, The Company. Ebersol's brother, Willie Ebersol, who won an Emmy for producing the TV broadcast of the London Olympics, has supposedly written the screenplay - his first.

Jon Berg is production executive on the project at Warner Bros.  The original 1996 film wound up grossing $230M worldwide. 

Post Script: As soon as this story hit the internet there have been numerous reports denying any truth to it. Deadline Hollywood and reporter Anita Busch are reliable industry sources - so I'll trust their exclusive report until otherwise notified. Most of the online rumor denials are based around word that LeBron James has not signed on. ESPN.com's Brian Windhorst tweeted that there was no deal in place for James. We'll keep you posted as to the truth of this news item as developments arise. 

Editorial note: With so many possibilities and scenarios for the Looney Tunes characters to reappear in feature length format - a retread or sequel to Space Jam is the least of all good ideas. While I have no desire to see another Space Jam film, I will concede that if it takes a project like this to keep Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Porky Pig in the public spotlight, and if it will cause the studio to enthusiastically continue to restore its library of classic cartoons (roughly only half of the over 1000 classic shorts are ready for High Def distribution), I'm willing to give it my support. 

Game on!

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9 Comments

  • wever | February 24, 2014 12:03 PMReply

    This just in: this is a rumor. LeBron's reps said he is not going to be in Space Jam 2, and indeed, there is actually no word if Space Jam 2 will even be getting made.

  • Jody Morgan | February 24, 2014 9:32 AMReply

    A sequel to a mediocre movie with a script by a first-time screenwriter? I can't possibly see how this could go wrong...

  • mike schlesinger | February 23, 2014 2:25 AMReply

    I'd be okay with this if Dante directs and they leave him alone this time.

  • Nic Kramer | February 24, 2014 10:44 AM

    I don't think Dante would touch something like that with a 10-foot pole.

  • Richard Smith | February 22, 2014 2:58 PMReply

    I think it will look something like this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j71HTYEuos8

  • Justin | February 22, 2014 8:23 AMReply

    I hope this movie turns out to be great. I'll definitely see it if it comes out.

  • Max C. | February 22, 2014 6:55 AMReply

    Brian Windhorst has just confirmed that this is not going to happen.

  • Charles Carney | February 22, 2014 2:44 AMReply

    If WB can't return the Looney Tunes characters to theaters in an original, funny way that will reinforce and expand their greatness, then they should do everyone the favor of just leaving them alone and working on Dark Shadows 2 instead.

  • droosan | February 21, 2014 10:59 PMReply

    IMO, The Looney Tunes Show on Cartoon Network has done a better job of keeping Bugs, Daffy and Porky in the public spotlight than a Space Jam 2 could.

    And I much prefer the quirky LTS Lola Bunny to the 'one-note' persona she sported in her introductory role.

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