In case you haven’t heard, the LeBron James-starring Space Jam: A New Legacy hit theaters and HBO Max on Friday, and the discourse around the film has been ceaseless ever since.
Critics are ripping the film’s borderline offensive marketing technique. Fans are ripping LeBron’s acting skills. LBJ himself is laughing at everyone as Space Jam: A New Legacy won the box-office weekend with $32 million. And that’s the key to Space Jam: A New Legacy, isn’t it? If it makes money, none of the other criticism matters. This is, after all, a movie made for children: if those children are satisfied, and if their parents are still paying for them, then Warner Bros. will define the project as a success. And if the project is successful, there’s a very real chance another, perhaps more abominable sequel will be made.
Malcolm D. Lee, the director of Space Jam: A New Legacy, recently discussed the prospect of a sequel with Entertainment Weekly, prompting the Girls Trip filmmaker to say that if he did make a third film, he’d want to do it with The Rock.
“I never say never. It’s all going to be about whether the fans respond to this positively. But I think the bar has been set so high in terms of the first one with this global iconic superstar in Michael Jordan, and now the same global iconic superstar in LeBron James, who transcends sports. Who is that next person to put into that universe? And then you’ve got to find a script and story that’s good enough to not repeat what’s been done but will capture the spirit of it and keep it going.”
“Dwayne Johnson would be an interesting choice. It would be different. I’m not exactly sure what his skillset would be, maybe he goes back to wrestling. That might be interesting.” [via Entertainment Weekly]
Please, Hollywood: spare us.
Space Jam: A New Legacy, which stars LeBron James, Don Cheadle, Zendaya, Klay Thompson, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Diana Taurasi, and Nneka Ogwumike, hit theaters and HBO Max on Friday, July 16.