The Last Dance proves LeBron's Space Jam won't be better than the original

If you watched episodes 7 and 8 of "The Last Dance" documentary on ESPN, you saw the story of when Michael Jordan retired from the NBA and the game of basketball. If you have never seen Space Jam, the film was released in November of 1996 and Michael Jordan plays basketball with the Looney Tunes to defeat a team of alien monsters. Now based on that brief description you might think that Space Jam is a goofy cartoon movie for kids and you would be correct, but it's more than that. It also found a way to include the way the world was digesting the news of Jordan retiring from basketball and the hype around him in baseball.

Space Jam - 1996

Space Jam - 1996

In episodes 7 and 8 of "The Last Dance" they talked about Jordan's love for his father and the conversations his father had with him about baseball. It also talked about his time with the White Sox minor league affiliate, the Birmingham Barons. This narrative was also a very important part of the plot line in the film Space Jam. In the movie, the aliens steal the talent from the best basketball players in the world, but they don't steal Michael Jordan's talent because he was a baseball player, not a basketball player. How can Hollywood try to replicate this movie with LeBron? What is his narrative?

Credit: Getty Images

Credit: Getty Images

LeBron has had an amazing career that is still going on, but what point in LeBron's career is going to provide a narrative for a movie the way Jordan did? The only potential storyline would be LeBron going to Los Angeles where they could say Bugs bunny and the rest of the Looney Tunes live. On the surface that will make Space Jam 2 or Space Jam: A New Legacy, a goofy kids cartoon movie and nothing more. "Space Jam: A New Legacy" is set to be released on July 16, 2021.

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