It’s been almost 25 years since the initial release of Michael Jordan’s “Space Jam,” and now LeBron James will star in the 2021 version titled “Space Jam: A New Legacy.”
While the movie is often referred to as Space Jam 2, it’s actually not a sequel to the original film as “everyone involved is quick” to point out. Although Warner Bros. did attempt several different variants of a sequel to the original film. The company initially tried an actual sequel, but Jordan wasn’t interested in it.
The company then thought of various spinoffs, such as Spy Jam with Jackie Chan, Race Jam with Jeff Gordon and even Skate Jam with Tony Hawk but none of those ever came to fruition. The film “Back In Action” was initially developed as the sequel, but the shift of the movie changed without Jordan’s involvement.
Now, Warner Bros. finally has what it’s been looking for in a follow up to the initial Space Jam. And with James attached to the project, it’ll drive in plenty of attention just like Jordan did with the original.
Below, we’ll go over everything you need to know about “Space Jam: A New Legacy.”
“Space Jam: A New Legacy” will release in theaters and for streaming on Friday, July 16, more than 25 years after the original classic featuring Michael Jordan premiered in 1996.
There are two ways to watch “Space Jam: A New Legacy.” You can either watch in theaters, or stream it through HBO Max. If you’re more of a theater person, then tickets for in-person screenings are available for pre-order now. The movie is rated PG for some cartoon violence and some language.
You can stream “Space Jam: A New Legacy” on HBO Max, although you need a subscription to the service. HBO Max costs $15/month without ads or $10 a month with ads. The good thing about HBO Max is that unlike Disney Plus, there is no extra fee to watch a movie on the app that is also in theaters.
HBO Max is available in the Amazon Appstore, Apple App Store, Google Play, Roku Channel Store and Samsung TV. You can also subscribe through a cable or satellite TV provider, or through a YouTube TV membership.
“Space Jam: A New Legacy” has released two theatrical trailers, although both contain a lot of the same scenes.
|LeBron James||LeBron James|
|Don Cheadle||Al G. Rhythm|
|Cedric Joe||Dom James|
|Sonequa Martin-Green||Kamiyah James|
|Ceyair J Wright||Darius James|
|Wood Harris||Coach C|
The director of Space Jam: A New Legacy is Malcolm D. Lee.
Voice actors include Jeff Bergman as Bugs Bunny, Sylvester, and Foghorn Leghorn. Eric Bauza will voice Daffy Duck and Marvin the Martian. Bob Bergen will voice Porky Pig and Tweety. Jim Cummings will voice Tasmanian Devil.
Gabriel Inglesias is voicing Speedy Gonzales and Zendaya will voice Lola Bunny.
|1||“We Win”||Lil Baby, Kirk Franklin|
|2||“Control the World”||24kGoldn, Lil Wayne|
|3||“See Me Fly”||Chance the Rapper, John Legend, Symba|
|4||“Hoops”||Saweetie, Salt-N-Pepa, Kash Doll|
|5||“Pump Up the Jam”||Lil Uzi Vert|
|6||“Just for Me”||Saint Jhn, SZA|
|7||“Crowd Go Crazy”||John Legend|
|9||“Gametime”||Lil Tecca, Amine|
|10||“About That Time”||Dame D.O.L.L.A., G-Eazy, P-Lo, White Dave|
|12||“Settle the Score”||Cordae, Duckwrth|
|13||“Goin’ Looney”||Big Freedia|
|14||“Shoot My Shot”||Joyner Lucas|
|15||“My Guy”||Leon Bridges|
|16||“The Best”||Anthony Ramos|
Republic Records and Warner Bros. Pictures revealed the soundtrack for “Space Jam: A New Legacy” a week before the release date. The 16-track playlist includes songs from Lil Baby, Lil Wayne, Chance The Rapper, John Legend, the Jonas Brothers. Even Damian Lillard (aka Dame D.O.L.L.A.) has a track.
The original Space Jam soundtrack went platinum six times after its 1996 debut, including songs like “I Believe I Can Fly” and “Fly Like an Eagle” that became pop culture classics.
You can download and listen to the “Space Jam: A New Legacy” soundtrack below.
NBA & WNBA Players in Space Jam 2
- Anthony Davis
- Damian Lillard
- Klay Thompson
- Diana Taurasi
- Nneka Ogwumike
These players will make up this movie’s version of The Monstars. Unfortunately for nostalgic fans, The Monstars have been rebranded into the Goon Squad. The Goon Squad is made up of Arachnneka (Ogwumike), The Brow (Davis), Wet-Fire (Thompson), White Mamba (Taurasi), and Chronos (Lillard).
Is Space Jam 2 a sequel?
While many people refer to this movie as Space Jam 2, it’s actually not a sequel to the original film. It also is not a reboot of the original.
“It’s not a sequel,” James said on the Road Trippin’ podcast. “It’s called Space Jam: A New Legacy, it’s not called Space Jam 2. There will be a basketball game, I’ll say that. And there will be some people that are a little out of this world that we’re competing against.”
Is Michael Jordan in Space Jam 2?
Yes, at least according to Don Cheadle.
Speaking with Access Hollywood, Cheadle said, “Michael Jordan is in the movie, but not in the way you’d expect it.” It’s not clear what he means by that, but there will at least be some sort of reference to Jordan in this movie.