It’s not quite official just yet, but the chances of seeing Space Jam 2 in your local theater in the next couple years just got exponentially better. (Already checked, SpaceJam2.com is taken. Sorry, industrious Internet speculators.)
Last month, Warner Bros. filed new trademarks for Space Jam, specifically pertaining to the use of that wordmark with “printed matter and paper goods,” including books, comic books, magazines, trading cards and a host of others, as well as “printed patterns for costumes, pajamas, sweatshirts and t-shirts.” And that’s just to name a few.
It should be pointed out that the original Space Jam, the beloved Michael Jordan film, celebrates its 20th anniversary in 1996, and the abovementioned promotional goods could tie in with an anniversary celebration. Compounding the coincidence of the timing however, LeBron James and business partner Maverick Carter’s SpringHill Entertainment signed a production deal with Warner Bros. this week to develop movies, television programs and digital content.
James has long been rumored to be the star of Space Jam 2, and this deal would put him in a position to co-produce and co-own the film, rather than merely starring in it. That starring aspect would no longer be a foreign concept to the Cavs superstar, either, having made his big screen debut in the Judd Apatow film Trainwreck earlier this month.
One thing’s for sure: a Nike LeBron 14 Space Jam (or Nike LeBron 15 Space Jam, depending) would be the stuff of legends.