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If LeBron James has his way, Space Jam 2 will soon be in a theater near you!
After going for big laughs as a heightened version of himself in Amy Schumer's comedy Trainwreck earlier this summer, the Cleveland Cavaliers small forward's production company signed a partnership with Warner Bros. Asked if he plans to continue making movies, James told Today's Willie Geist, "It's a passion of mine. Everything I do, I have a passion about it. If we could continue it, I know I don't have to dribble a basketball and fly through the air to do those type of things."
One of the projects he's most passionate about is a sequel to Space Jam, the 1996 movie that starred Michael Jordan and several Looney Tunes characters, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Tweety Bird. Asked if that project could be a reality, James said, "We hope so. We're definitely missing Bugs and Daffy and Tasmanian Devil and every last one of them, so hopefully we can do some great things."
Speaking of Jordan, the former Chicago Bulls superstar said last week that in his prime, he could beat James, in his prime, in a game of one-on-one. Asked who he thinks would win the friendly basketball game, James said Friday, "I'd take myself. I'm going to say myself versus anybody. I'll tell you one thing: they're going to have to have a few wheelchairs and a couple ambulances there to get us off the floor."
Warner Bros. has not officially announced a Space Jam sequel is in the works, but the studio filed new trademarks in June. In a dream world, it would show James and Jordan facing off in their proposed game of one-on-one. Make it happen!
The original Space Jam featured several other athletes and actors playing themselves, including Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Muggsy Bogues, Shawn Bradley, Patrick Ewing, Larry Johnson and Bill Murray. If a sequel is made, it's unknown whether they will return for cameos or if producers will cast new co-stars.
A word of caution: not every sequel needs to be made. Here are nine of the worst:
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