LeBron James’ Sequel Will Never Be As Good As Michael Jordan’s ‘Space Jam’ And Here’s Why [Opinion]

Is this even really necessary?

LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks on during the first half of a game against the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center
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Is this even really necessary?

For years, there have been rumors and whispers of a sequel to the 1996 cult classic Space Jam starring Michael Jordan. For almost all of that time, it has been LeBron James in the lead role, and finally, it’s happening. Scheduled for release in the summer of 2021, Space Jam 2 is happening, and it will have a wide array of stars from the NBA and WNBA in it to help out the Looney Tunes.

This is a movie more than two decades in the making, and no matter what, it won’t be better than the original.

In 1996, Michael Jordan was pulled down a hole on a golf course to help Bugs Bunny and his friends in a game of basketball. They faced off against a team from Moron Mountain which consisted of aliens who had stolen the talents of NBA players such as Larry Johnson and Charles Barkley.

The movie did quite well for the time as it made more than $230 million at the global box office, but will the version with LeBron James do better?

Late on Wednesday night, The Inquisitr reported that some of the cast list had leaked out, and it is quite impressive. NBA and WNBA stars such as Klay Thompson, Diana Taurasi, Nneka Ogwumike, Damian Lillard, Chiney Ogwumike, and Anthony Davis will all have roles in the movie but again, will that help matter?

Bill Murray and Michael Jordan star with Bugs Bunny in "Space Jam."
  Warner Bros.

Alright, so there is a very good chance that Space Jam 2 is going to do very well and earn quite a bit at the box office. It’s going to bring in NBA fans, Lakers fans by the thousands, Looney Tunes fans, kids, adults, and every single type of person you could imagine.

It will even draw in die-hard fans of the original movie who are anxious to make comparisons between the two films and have a reason to rip on the sequel. The thing here, though, is that their complaints will likely be justified because the sequel is simply not going to be nearly as good as the original.

Sequels Very Rarely Surpass The Original

There are a handful of sequels which can be named and considered to be better than their predecessor. The Godfather: Part II, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Aliens, and The Empire Strikes Back are some of them, but there really aren’t many more which jump right out at you.

Space Jam was in no way a classic feature film, but it’s good for what it was meant to be. It’s funny, enjoyable, creative, and groundbreaking. Virtually anything that the sequel will do has already been done.

A Lot Of People Just Don’t Like LeBron James

Yes, there are the haters out there who just don’t like LBJ because they choose not to, but there are plenty of people who have legit reasons for disliking him. The city of Cleveland has hated him multiple times for abandoning them and hitting the road for Miami and Los Angeles.

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The man from Ohio did leave his Cavaliers on two different occasions. He took off from Miami after a couple of championships. He’s also one of the best players to ever step foot on an NBA court, and there are just some people who can’t handle that and have developed a hatred for James.

The Looney Tunes prepare for practice in "Space Jam."
  Warner Bros.

Hardly Anyone Hated Michael Jordan

Unless you were/are a fan of the New York Knicks, there really wasn’t much of a reason to ever dislike Michael Jordan.

On July 16, 2021, Space Jam 2 is going to land in theaters with LeBron James in the lead role that was once played by Michael Jordan. No one is saying that this is a remake, and it’s quite possible that Jordan is even name-dropped at times, but it’s hard to believe this movie will be nearly as good. The Looney Tunes are going to play basketball in a different era, and it’s one that includes Super Max deals, trade demands, and players refusing to step on the court without a new contract.