LeBron James tweets promo of ‘Space Jam’ film, shares concerns about project
LeBron James on Thursday generated some serious social media buzz by sharing a sneak peek of “Space Jam: A New Legacy” ahead of its release this coming summer.
Perhaps more interestingly, the Los Angeles Lakers superstar opened up about trepidations he had about going through with the film in the first place.
Taking to Twitter Thursday, James shared images related to an Entertainment Weekly cover story about his long-percolating passion project that has been the subject of rumors and speculation going back to 2005.
Y’ALL NOT READY FOR THIS SQUAD!!!! @spacejammovie @EW pic.twitter.com/8ogu758fsO— LeBron James (@KingJames) March 4, 2021
In the EW interview, James admitted he was concerned that going forward with a “Space Jam” reboot — the star has insisted it’s not a sequel to the original — would lead to accusations that he was imitating Michael Jordan.
“In my younger days, part of my thinking was ‘Space Jam was so good, how can I top this?’ ” James told EW’s Derek Lawrence. “There’s always going to be conversations about LeBron trying to do everything Michael [did]. But I’ve gotten older, and you know who you are. You know what you stand for.”
.@KingJames and the Looney Tunes ball out in these exclusive first look images for @SpaceJamMovie! https://t.co/kv3SjpLqz2 pic.twitter.com/aViLNak84s— Entertainment Weekly (@EW) March 4, 2021
Another nugget surrounding “Space Jam: A New Legacy” stemming from the Entertainment Weekly cover story also is raising eyebrows: the film’s mind-blowing plot.
This description of the plot of the new Space Jam made me lose my mind https://t.co/eRkpBvtBkx pic.twitter.com/eznu8Woz6G— Esther Zuckerman (@ezwrites) March 4, 2021
The LeBron-led “Space Jam” project was in the works for years before filming actually began in 2019, and to no surprise it generated no shortage of anticipation from fans and skepticism from naysayers as the project got underway.
“Space Jam: A New Legacy” will simultaneously premiere in theaters and be streamable on HBO Max on July 16, 2021.