Who’s up for a Monstars rematch? Warner Bros. is banking we are as there have been occasional loud discussions about progress on getting Space Jam 2 in front of the cameras. The original Space Jam, released almost 20 years ago in 1996, was a big hit as Michael Jordan and the Looney Tunes squared off in a basketball game against a group of space monsters for the fate of the planet, and since no hit can go by without a sequel anymore, Warners has been looking to draft LeBron James for a second Jam. But what about Air Jordan himself? Who does he think should succeed him on the space hardwood?
Jordan’s choice was revealed yesterday on Instagram:
Blake Griffin, in case you aren’t aware of his stats, was selected first overall by the L.A. Clippers in the 2009 draft. He’s been a five-time NBA All-Star, a four-time All-NBA selection, was Rookie of the Year in 2011, the same year he was Slam Dunk Contest Champion, and he was named one of the 15 greatest rookies of all time by Sports Illustrated. So he’s got game, so to speak. But what he may not have is the name recognition of LeBron James, who just lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to their first NBA Championship this past June.
Other things working in LeBron’s favor is that he has a track record in movies with his acclaimed supporting role in last summer’s Judd Apatow comedy Trainwreck, and at 31 years old he’s roughly the same age as Michael Jordan was when he made the original Space Jam in ’96. Griffin does have some acting experience, he appeared in a cameo in an episode of Broad City, but practical concerns like name recognition likely win out in these circumstances. For instance, if you ask someone unfamiliar with basketball, they could probably tell you they know who LeBron James is, but do they know Blake Griffin? Unlikely. Plus, and this is important, James is already attached to the project.
Still no word on an official start date for Space Jam 2. Director Justin Lin is overseeing the project, but given that James still has a day job in the NBA with the Cavs, the soonest production could start is next summer. We’ll keep you posted with any new developments.