Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Cast: LeBron James, Don Cheadle, Sonequa Martin-Green, Cedric Joe
Genre: Family, Comedy, Sports
Release date: July 16
There’s been plenty of buzz about Space Jam: A New Legacy since it was first announced—even when adjusting for online controversy about Pepé LePew and the hotness/notness of the newly redesigned Lola Bunny. Like the 1996 film starring Michael Jordan, Space Jam: A New Legacy centers on a basketball player (LeBron James), who is sucked into an alternate universe populated with cartoon characters and villains where a high-stakes basketball game determines his fate.
So, aside from LeBron James, what makes this sequel special? For starters, it looks to introduce a whole younger generation to a classic ’90s film many a millennial enjoyed renting from Blockbuster on a Friday night. That being said, it looks like a considerable amount of other intellectual property beyond the familiar Looney Tunes characters of Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, and Daffy Duck will make appearances in the movie. The trailer teases Game of Thrones references as well as familiar faces like the Iron Giant and Fred Flinstone in the world of the Serververse, a digitized world where Al-G Rhythm (Don Cheadle), an evil algorithm, threatens the order of the universe. Clearly, this ain’t your parents’ Space Jam, but it still looks to be an entertaining and family-friendly film to enjoy in theaters or on HBO Max when it releases July 16.