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Oh ye fickle basketball fans.
More than a year ago it was out there that LeBron James was Warner Bros.' No. 1 choice to star in Space Jam 2, the follow-up to the 1996 blockbuster (and animation-live-action hybrid classic) Space Jam—which of course starred the inimitable Michael Jordan.
Well, today Warner Bros. Entertainment announced a new TV-film-digital production deal with James, who pretty much stole every scene he's in in Trainwreck—a delightful surprise, perhaps, that helped bring this new deal to fruition. And that combined with the studio quietly filing new Space Jam trademarks last month... It seems like everything's a go for the sequel, starring LeBron.
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But for some reason...the Twitterverse wasn't impressed.
Obviously plenty of LeBron fans are as psyched as ever, but maybe because he was just so good in Trainwreck, therefore eliminating that amateur-actor vibe, or perhaps because they think that James hooking up with a Hollywood studio is just too...Hollywood of him, everyone's a critic now.
And some of those critics have fired back with a plethora of other suggestions as to which other basketball player should play the sequel's requisite NBA superstar.
They do know, though, that—judging by the first film—there will be plenty of room for other players, right? Besides, so long as they get Bill Murray back (wishful thinking), who cares who else is in it?!
Anyway, here's a sampling of what the Siskel & Eberts of Twitter had to say (fun fact: being from Chicago, both late, great critics adored the original with Michael Jordan):
If LeBron is in Space Jam 2, it's going straight to YouTube or Netflix.— Joel J. Gibbs (@JoeyTenenbaum) July 22, 2015
Space Jam 2 is going to be a glorious disaster.— Human individual (@JoeySplashwater) July 22, 2015
If these Space Jam 2 rumors are true I'm gonna be kinda upset, it can never be as good as the 1st since the Looney Tunes defined the 90s— B(ryan) K(yle) (@BK_Lounge22) July 22, 2015
I am quite excited about Space Jam 2 but it should have been Kobe instead of LeBron remaking it. But LeBron will do.— Von (@VonGarcon) July 22, 2015
They bout to make a Space Jam 2.... I know LeBron haters gon' be sick 😂😂😂— KELZ (@Kelz_Hamp) July 22, 2015
Who else could play the role in space jam 2? I was thinking KD or Curry but with Curry you would have to have Riley. Davis cud be a Monstar— Anthony Sain (@SainAsylum) July 22, 2015
Can't wait for Cavs fans to blame injuries if LeBron loses in Space Jam 2— Rashad Alaiyan (@rashadalaiyan) July 22, 2015
If there's gonna be a Space Jam 2, I only have one request. MONSTAR RASHEED WALLACE— Danger Guerrero (@DangerGuerrero) July 22, 2015
Space jam 2 with Lebron 👎🏾 1st was a classic from my child hood no need for a second one— KickzAreUs (@Kickz_Are_Us) July 22, 2015
Space Jam 2 -- where the challenge isn't the Monstars, but it's LeBron overcoming a disappointing roster of teammates every season— Samuel Lam (@SamuelYLam) July 22, 2015
Space Jam 2 huh? Bron wanna be Jordan SO BAD.— El B. Sure! (@onpoint_el) July 22, 2015
Yeah I'm gonna watch Space Jam 2 and probably love it but dang it how disrespectful is it to MJ to have LeBron star in it. Bring MJ back!— Derek Cornell (@d_rock24) July 22, 2015
if there is a space jam 2 the only person that should play in it is @kobebryant— allec neasley (@allecthagod) July 22, 2015
Lebron James will star in Space jam 2... Nothing is sacred these day.— Anthony (@Tony_Tickets) July 22, 2015
lebron in space jam 2. wont be watching that bs— El Vato Negro (@Self_Made187) July 22, 2015
Lebron For Space Jam 2 😷— J.E.T.S (@AyeeKel) July 22, 2015