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Space Jam: A New Legacy
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Official release poster
Directed by Malcolm D. Lee
Produced by
Written by
  • Juel Taylor
  • Tony Rettenmaier
  • Keenan Coogler
  • Terence Nance
Starring
Music by Kris Bowers
Cinematography Salvatore Totino
Editing by Bob Ducsay
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s) July 16, 2021 (2021-07-16) (United States)
Country United States
Language English
Budget $161.9 million

Space Jam: A New Legacy (also known as Space Jam 2) is an upcoming American live-action/animated sports comedy film directed by Malcolm D. Lee, from a screenplay by Juel Taylor, Tony Rettenmaier, Keenan Coogler, and Terence Nance. Serving as a sequel to Space Jam (1996), it will mark the first theatrically-released film to feature the Looney Tunes characters since Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003), and like the previous hybrid films, it will be a combination of live-action and traditional hand drawn 2D animation with some CGI effects. The film stars basketball player LeBron James (who also acts as a producer) as a fictionalized version of himself along with Don Cheadle, Khris Davis, Sonequa Martin-Green, and Cedric Joe in live-action roles. It also features Looney Tunes characters such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Marvin the Martian, and Tweety (all of whom voiced by Eric Bauza) as well as Sylvester and Foghorn Leghorn (voiced by Jeff Bergman), Lola Bunny (voiced by Zendaya), and Speedy Gonzales (voiced by Gabriel Iglesias).

Talks for a Space Jam successor began after the release of the first film which Joe Pytka would have returned to direct and Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone signed on as the animation supervisors but eventually fell through due to Michael Jordan's refusal to return. Several possible spin-offs, focusing on other athletes, including Jeff Gordon, Tiger Woods, and Tony Hawk, were also discussed, but never came to fruition. A LeBron James-led sequel was officially announced in 2014 and after several years of languishing, filming began under Terence Nance in June 2019 around Los Angeles. After a few weeks into filming, Nance left the project and Lee was hired to replace him in July 2019. Production wrapped in September 2019.

Space Jam: A New Legacy is scheduled to be released by Warner Bros. Pictures in the United States on July 16, 2021, both in theaters and on HBO Max for a month after its theatrical release.

Premise

When basketball champion and global icon LeBron James and his young son Dom (Cedric Joe) – who dreams of being a video game developer – are trapped in a virtual space by a rogue algorithm named Al-G Rhythm (Don Cheadle), LeBron must get them home safe by leading Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Lola Bunny and the whole gang of notoriously undisciplined Looney Tunes to victory over the Al-G's digitized champions on the court.

Cast

  • LeBron James as himself
    • Alex Huerta as young LeBron James
  • Don Cheadle as Al-G Rhythm, an evil computer algorithm.
  • Khris Davis
  • Sonequa Martin-Green as Kamiyah, LeBron's wife
  • Cedric Joe as Dom, LeBron's youngest son
  • Ceyair J. Wright as Darius, LeBron's eldest son
  • Harper Leigh Alexander as Xosha, LeBron's daughter

Additionally, National Basketball Association (NBA) players Klay Thompson, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul, Draymond Green, and Kyle Kuzma as well as Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) players Diana Taurasi, Nneka Ogwumike and Chiney Ogwumike are set to make cameo appearances.

Voice cast

Music

In January 2020, Hans Zimmer was announced to serve as composer for the film. By April of the same year, Kris Bowers was announced to be working with Zimmer as co-composers, while Bowers will receive sole credit.

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