Back in May, THR shared the news of Fast & Furious 6 and Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin will be teaming up with LeBron James to create the long-awaited sequel to Space Jam. Like Michael Jordan, I'm not a fan of the cult classic for hoop fans and eventhough I was very impressed with LeBron's acting in Trainwreck as well as Lin's ability to create exceptional sequels, I'm just not that interested in seeing see another Space Jam.
I also had my doubts when I saw that new Brooklyn Net Jeremy Lin teamed up with viral video maker Ryan Higa - creator of the epic trickshot dunk, which required 19 people, 3 days of prep and 132 attempts - to create a 6 minute Space Jam sequel titled Space Jam 3: Anime Edition! But I watched it and will admit it's entertaining and exceptionally well made.
For the Space Jam fanatics, you can read all about the not-so-great history of Space Jam and how Michael Jordan hated making it here and view a brief timeline of the sequel below.
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.
The Hollywood Reporter announces Justin Lin will write and direct a sequel with LeBron James as the star.