Space Jam 2: A New Legacy director Malcolm D. Lee has reignited the age-old LeBron James vs Michael Jordan debate by stating the modern sequel is better than the original.
Speaking to Entertainment Weekly, Lee didn’t hesitate to back his own horse with the following Molotov cocktail of a claim:
“Space Jam: A New Legacy is a better movie than Space Jam. LeBron’s got that going for him.”
But it’s worth noting everyone involved has felt the need to clarify/mitigate what many would perceive to be a controversial statement. While A New Legacy has obviously been marketed as a sequel to the first starring His Airness and Bill Murray, it very much stands as its own film (hence the title). Worst case scenario, MJ takes it personally and we get a banging Space Jam 3 to complete the trilogy.
This recent press surrounding Space Jam 2 has been a refreshing change of pace given details had been sparse up until now. The occasional tidbit here and there aside, the first substantial reveal occurred late last year when the plot synopsis was “leaked”:
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 filled 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 Tunes have to unravel Al 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 entire world watches.
And now, we even have the first official images (courtesy of Warner Bros. via Entertainment Weekly) – check them out below.
Space Jam 2: A New Legacy will be released on July 15th.