LeBron James promises no Space Jam 2 delay

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 27 March 2020
LeBron James

LeBron James

LeBron James has insisted the coronavirus pandemic has not had too much of an impact on 'Space Jam 2' and it will still be released in June 2021

LeBron James has insisted the coronavirus pandemic has not had too much of an impact on 'Space Jam 2'.

A number of movies have shelved production and pushed back their release dates due to measures to help prevent the spread of the respiratory disease

but the basketball legend believes the partly-animated sequel will still hit its planned release as work hasn't stopped.

Speaking on the 'Road Trippin'' podcast, he said: "'Space Jam' has always been scheduled to come out in June of 2021. So we're kind of [OK].

"And a lot of it right now is animation, so being indoors is actually great for us. So we're still on.

"Just like everything in the world, everything is slowed down a little bit, but we're still on target.

"I'm looking forward to it."

The 35-year-old star admitted he would have liked the movie to be ready now so people can stream it while quarantining at home.

He added: "During this time right now, I wish we could release it right now, man, and give people some things to watch in their households. But we got until next year, next summer. We're excited about it."

The new film will also be a live-action and animation hybrid and will see the basketball star take over from NBA legend Michael Jordan, who appeared in the original film in 1996 alongside fellow basketball stars Charles Barkley and Patrick Ewing.

Speaking of the sequel when the film was announced, LeBron said: "The 'Space Jam' collaboration is so much more than just me and the Looney Tunes getting together and doing this movie, it's so much bigger.

"I'd just love for kids to understand how empowered they can feel and how empowered they can be if they don't just give up on their dreams. And I think Ryan Coogler (producer) did that for a lot of people [with 'Black Panther']."

The original 'Space Jam' saw Chicago Bulls icon Jordan team up with Bugs Bunny and the rest of the 'Looney Tunes' cartoon characters to play a game of basketball in order to save them from enslavement at an alien amusement park.

Space Jam: A New Legacy

  • 2 stars
  • 2021
  • US
  • 2h
  • PG
  • Directed by: Malcolm D. Lee
  • Cast: LeBron James, Don Cheadle, Khris Davis, Sonequa Martin-Green, Jeff Bergman, Eric Bauza, Zendaya
  • UK release: 16 July 2021

Basketball mixes with Looney Tunes once again in the sequel nobody asked for.