LeBron Signs Deal With Warner Bros | Space Jam 2 Rumor Timeline (1998-2015)
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Let the ‘Space Jam 2’ rumor mill start up again. On Tuesday, July 22nd of 2015, Warner Bros. announced a business partnership with LeBron James who is getting rave reviews for his performance in the Judd Apatow film ‘Trainwreck.’
“LeBron James has one of the most powerful, well-known brands in the world and we are excited to be in business with him and his partner, Maverick Carter, and SpringHill Entertainment,” Warner Bros. CEO and Chairman Kevin Tsujihara said. “The combination of LeBron’s global media presence and Warner Bros.’ unmatched production and distribution expertise is a big win for fans everywhere.”
This news is coming a month after the studio renewed some trademark patents on ‘Space Jam’ which probably means the cult classic among basketball fans will probably become a hot topic in Hollywood and basketball circles again.
But don’t get too excited yet, the film has been rumored to be nearing a pre-production phase since 1998 with the last instance happening in February of last year. You can read all about the not-so-great history of Space Jam, how Michael Jordan hated making it and the sequel rumors here.
Below is a brief timeline of the rumors.
SPACE JAM 2 TIMELINE
Supposedly Jordan was approached about doing a sequel with Mel Brooks as the bad guy and MJ didn’t want anything to do with it. Famous artist Bob Camp was in the process of creating concept art for the film.
Scoop Jackson reports the first rumor that Space Jam 2 is being made with LeBron James.
Under it’s Warner Bros Premier division, Warner Bros was planning on releasing a direct to video sequel along with 15 other sequels and prequels. Most of these, including a Beetlejuice and Goonies sequel were never released.
News is released that Kevin Durant has agreed to star in an upcoming basketball film for Warner Bros. Many speculated that it was the sequel to Space Jam but the film ended up being “Thunderstruck.” The film grossed $587k in the theaters and was released on DVD a month later. Thunderstruck grossed less money in the theaters than Space Jam did during matinee showings on opening day.
LeBron says he would love to make Space Jam 2 during a Twitter Q&A
Deadline releases news that Warner Bros is willing to produce and script a Space Jam sequel FOR LeBron James. LeBron’s “camp” says they are not in discussion with Warner Bros.
Warner Bros renews trademarks on Space Jam in June and announces deal with LeBron James in July.