After 25 years the sequel to the 1996 film “Space Jam,” starring NBA legend Michael Jordan, has finally arrived and is starring LeBron James. In the upcoming summer film “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” the cult classic 1996 movie is revamped, including many of the same aspects that made “Space Jam” such a smash hit.
On Saturday Warner Bros. surprised “Space Jam” fans with a full trailer for “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” taking us back to Looney Tune Land on a new journey. The trailer begins with James trying to prepare his reluctant son Dom, played by Cedric Joe, for basketball camp, sharing many disagreements along the way.
After an argument ensues between the two in an elevator, his son exits the wrong floor and is followed by James. As they enter into a server room, James son is abducted into the “Server-verse, ” leading James to enter the A.I. Generated universe in an attempt to save him.
Although James’ initial attempt was futile, the king of the Server-verse, played by Don Cheadle, gives him an opportunity to win his son back at the Space Jam. Teleported to Looney Tune Land by the Server-verse king, James becomes the new coach of the Looney Tunes basketball squad.
Only if James leads the athletically challenged Looney Tunes team to victory against the A.I. all star Goon Squad at the Space Jam will he then have his son safely home. Throughout the rest of the trailer is nothing but nostalgia, paralleling much of the original 90’s movie.
Back again of course is Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny, Daffy Duck and Yosemite Sam, all of whom will be playing alongside James at their second Space Jam after 25 years. Between the Looney Tunes reprisal and James recreating Michael Jordan’s famous slam dunk scene from the original “Space Jam,” the entire trailer is moments of sentimentality.
“Space Jam: A New Legacy” will be coming to a theater near you July 16.