After reports earlier had NBA superstar LeBron James starring in the Warner Bros. sequel Space Jam 2, sending Space Jam traditionalists and King James fans into a social media tizzy, sources in the Miami Heat star’s camp have refuted the claims, according to a report today from Yahoo! Sports.
Hollywood news website Deadline supposedly had the scoop about the Space Jam sequel staring James, which would have been released nearly two decades after NBA legend Michael Jordan starred in the live action/animated flick in 1996.
But ESPN.com NBA writer Brian Windhorst squelched the dreams of some fans who hoped for a James headlined Space Jam sequel and relieved the nightmare of those who don’t with a post to Twitter saying that the report was inaccurate.
“Well it was fun while it lasted. LeBron sources refute Deadline report, there’s no Space Jam 2 or Warner Bros. project in works,” Windhorst tweeted.
Though it’s the first time James has been linked directly to the Space Jam 2 role, it’s not the first time the subject has been approached.
In an August 2012 blog, then-ESPN.com writer DJ Gallo suggested that James wouldn’t be best suited to follow Jordan’s Space Jam footsteps after the Heat star told a Twitter follower he wishes he could star in Space Jam 2.
“Terrible idea. If LeBron doesn’t want to be forever compared to Michael Jordan, he shouldn’t star in the sequel to Jordan’s movie,” Gallo wrote. “James needs to forge his own path. There are many other sequels he could star in that have nothing to do with Michael Jordan.”
It would certainly be a challenge to top Jordan Space Jam, which grossed Warner Bros. $230 million worldwide.