I’ve been keep tracking of Space Jam 2 rumors pretty much for the entirety of 2020, and with each piece of news that makes its way onto the internet, the more preposterous the film sounds.
For example, back in March — otherwise known as about 67 years ago — I brought you the rumors that various iconic Warner Bros. characters such as the Joker, Pennywise, and Jim Carrey’s The Mask would appear in the film. Given the way that shared-universe-filmmaking has boomed since the original Space Jam back in 1997, it’s no surprise that the sequel is now leaning into the technique in an effort to include as many big names (or big properties) as possible.
Over six months since we first started writing about the film’s potential plot, those rumors of Warner Bros. characters populating Space Jam: A New Legacy have now been confirmed, as the official plot for the LeBron James-starring movie was released over the weekend and it’s predictably absurd.
During a trip to the Warner Bros. studio, NBA Superstar LeBron James and his son accidentally get trapped within a world that contains all of Warner Bros.’ stories and characters, under the control of a malfunctioning, all-powerful force named Al G (played by Don Cheadle). With the help of Bugs Bunny, LeBron must navigate through a never-before-imagined world fillmed with iconic movie scenes and characters as they re-assemble the Looney Tunes to rescue his lost son. Now, to get back home, LeBron and the Tuns have to unravel Ali G’s mysterious plan and win an epic basketball game against digital gamified super-versions of the NBA and WNBA’s biggest stars as the world watches.
The synopsis for SPACE JAM: A NEW LEGACY is certifiably bananas and I for one cannot wait to see it pic.twitter.com/BLmc4x5uHb
— Ben Mekler (@benmekler) October 18, 2020
At this time, Space Jam: A New Legacy — which also stars basketball stars such as Klay Thompson, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul, Kyle Kuzma, Diana Taurasi, Nneka Ogwumike, and Chiney Ogwumike — is currently set to hit theaters in the United States next Summer, on July 16, 2021.