1996 brought reality into the world of the Looney Tunes with Michael Jordan starring in the highest grossing basketball film of all time: Space Jam. The 90s nostalgia classic tells a story of Jordan helping our childhood favorites, the Looney Tunes (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, etc.), defeat the Monstars in a game of basketball of course. 25 years later, the Tune Squad has new challengers–the Goon Squad–and a new team captain–LeBron James.
The sequel, Space Jam: A New Legacy, kicks off when a rogue artificial intelligence (played by Don Cheadle) traps the NBA star and his son, Dom, in a digital multiverse. Upon arrival into the digitized land, James’ son is taken from him and the only way to get him back is to defeat a team of charged-up basketball champions, the Goon Squad. Like Jordan, James finds himself having to team up with the Tune Squad. But this time, the consequence for losing the high-stakes game is the deletion of each of the Looney Tunes as characters.
Directed by Malcolm D. Lee (Girls Trip), the live action/animated sports comedy film arrives in theaters and HBO Max on Friday, July 16. If you plan to watch the sequel at home, you will need to get the ad-free subscription of HBO Max which costs $ 14.99/month. You’ll want to act soon though. Theatrical releases from Warner Bros. remain on HBO Max for 30 days only, making the deadline August 15.
Children around the world and NBA fans alike loved the original Space Jam for its combination of a fan-favorite ball player and some iconic cartoon characters. In some ways, this film passes the torch to LeBron James as he competes in the sport today inspiring a whole new generation of kids and sports fans and literally creates a new legacy.
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