Saturday, February 22nd, 2014 at 7:20 pm  |  44 responses

LeBron James Open to Starring in ‘Space Jam 2′

It was falsely reported Friday that LeBron James had signed on to play the lead role in a remake of the sports movie classic “Space Jam”. LeBron says that he’s not aware of the project, but would be open to taking on Michael Jordan’s famous role. Per the Palm Beach Post:

JAMES: “It’s news to me. I haven’t heard anything about it. Like I said, I’ve always loved Space Jam 1. It was one of my favorite movies growing up. If I have the opportunity, it’d be great. But that’s news to me. Obviously I don’t want to be on there with this thing on my nose [note: a reference to his currently bandaged, broken nose]. We’ll see what happens.”

Q. No one’s approached you about it?

JAMES: “I haven’t heard about it. Maybe they’ve got it in my office. I haven’t been to my office in a while.”

Q. Does a matchup with the Monstars freak you out at all?

JAMES: “Absolutely. Those guys are very intimidating and they’re bigger than us. We’ve got to do our due diligence here on Earth.”

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  • VanCityBBall

    So you’re telling me Lebron * would * have the time and energy to star in a motion picture film that would take at least a year to produce… But can’t spend 15min of his life to participate in the dunk contest that he said he would win anyways?

  • Blarmac

    Whoo, that is a bitter statement.

  • The Seed

    I hope not, he is not as popular as Kobe to do this role. Kobe is Global, Lebron is not. Also I would rather see KD do this movie. KD did all right in Thunderstruck.

  • keyon dooling

    Lebron is definitely global. Moron

  • Jay

    Somewhere Kobe is moping and saying: “But I’m supposed to be Jordan.”

  • Tony Taylor

    Lol Kobe has more time on his hands in April-Junw and is already conveniently located in Hollywood in his defense lol……but seriously this guy said LeBron isn’t global he must have been under a rock deep in the marina trench for the last 10 years

  • berkamore

    Well, Kobe was offered the lead in Spike Lee’s “He got game” and turned it down. Had he said yes (as he should have), he could be talking about the second part of his OWN franchise. But then again, I am glad that the part went to Ray Ray instead.

  • LouisVuittonDon

    Kobe passed on he got game, hopefully he gets asked to do this role, would be much better suited then lebron

  • https://twitter.com/jasontichenor Mr. Wet

    obviously the remake will be done with Tmac…. because in the movie Jordan says he’s going to retire from basketball and then play baseball.

  • Feez_22

    So let me get this straight…

    Your rationale for not wanting lebron to do this movie was because he wasn’t global and wasn’t as popular as kobe. However, you then recommend a guy in KD to star in it even though he is not only less popular than lebron but is also less known globally than lebron as well. You made a point and then went against said point a sentence later… you realize that, right? You basically contradicted yourself.

    How about you tell people the real reason why you don’t want lebron in it… you know… your HATE for him and all…

    Besides, lebron isn’t going to do it anyways. his camp shot it down. However, i did get a laugh out of you owning yourself here. BTW, lebron is most definitely a global athlete. Goes w/o saying.

  • D

    Lebron IS global and it sounds like he IS open to the idea of doing the movie . Also I don’t even think they would need a global star , just because of how big the original Space Jam was

  • Ismael

    He should be in a remake of Kazaam instead of Space Jam. That douchebag is gonna look good in a genie costume. lol

  • danpowers

    nothing against lebron here, but kobe is clearly better suited for this role for many reasons.

  • TBRK

    let the deification begin

  • TBRK

    all about a dolla sign. If the NBA wants Lebron, they could get him….just gotta pay him up

  • danpowers

    not to the extent as bryant tho

  • The Seed

    KD is up and coming so he could work, I don’t think of Lebron as a global ICON compared to Kobe. Kobe has been for a long time, he does commercials oversees, example last Olympics-Kobe was the biggest thing there.

  • Saleem Rainman

    So is basically every laker fan on twitter. they’re going wild lol.

    good grief.

  • Tarzan Cooper

    lebron is not global? man, you say some really stupid things

  • Dmac

    Kobe is probably more global then Lebron.. But then again they probably neck and neck in terms of Popularity..they have the biggest fan bases in NBA.. So it’s kinda of a Toin coss between them two..but I’ll give the slightly edge to Kobe of worldwide fans

  • Cyrell

    jeez, discussing who plays the monstars is more exciting than discussing bout who gets the lead!

  • Dagger

    Much respect to Kobe, but if you’re going to select a basketball player for this role, you’re going to select the guy who’s currently in his prime and winning championships. And has four of the last five MVPs. And sells the most jerseys. And had the most all-star game votes. You get the picture.

  • danpowers

    thats a valid point. itll just be very tough to sell a guy like lebron as the world’s darling. itll also take tons of make up to give him some kind of charisma and quite all of a directors skills to let a guy with his frame look more like a human hero than the hulk that he is. or better wait with a movie like that until somebody with a little less of a villain’s reputation becomes the best player in the nba.
    i think that way because a movie like that should have an embasador role for our sport around the globe. i guess kobe is still more popular internationally than lebron, but itll quite s*ck if people then actually see him play as a washed up version of himself. then again, bron, imo, doesnt rlly have the flair that would suit that embassador role.

  • Dagger

    Well, corporations have spent tens of millions of dollars successfully selling Lebron to the masses. He’s been on SNL, starred in a documentary, and he seems plenty likable in those Samsung ads. I think this could work, although it doesn’t sound like anything’s actually happening (yet).

  • http://triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    Kevin Durantula
    Blake Griffin
    Kevin Love
    The Brow
    Chris Paul
    …basically with those guys there are character traits the CGI guys can play up on….

  • Caboose

    What? Check jersey sales for the past couple years.

  • Caboose

    You’re a moron.

  • danpowers

    forbes still has bryant as the more popular athlete regarding world wide popularity by quite some margin. as a foreigner in touch with people from around the world also out of basketball i got the impression that way more people know who bryant is. my sample size isnt that big, but what i experience backs up those “popularity” lists ive seen.

    just a thought: why should people still be buying bryant’s jersey when they already got one?

  • danpowers

    it would be shocking if the best player in the game wouldnt be popular at all. i get your point, i just think that somebody of durants or bryants appearence would suit such a movie much better.

  • http://www.sneakertheater.com/ Sneaker Theater

    Thunderstruck! KD is that you!?

  • the real

    He really isnt though I mean a man in china CRIED tat the sight of bryant. Lebron isnt as popular over seas yet.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    *Durant* is.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    my question is, why does his global popularity matter that much? any space jam remake is going to make the vast majority of its money in the United States./

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    considering this movie will do most of its earning in the United States, and Kevin Durant has the highest Q score among NBA players, Kevin Durant would be my choice for this role.

  • danpowers

    yup. at least as soon as he won at least one mvp award and a championship. hopefully this is going to be his year.

  • danpowers

    reall? i dont know that much about box office numbers at all. wouldve just guessed that world wide screen play brings in almost as much money as the national stage. i was more worried about the embassador aspect for our sport. it sucks to live in a world outside the usa from a sports perspective, as soccer rules this globe and basketball could really use a push since MJs career. imo space jam did almost as much as the 92 dream team back then.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    well for certain blockbusters, overseas ticket sales often outpace domestic. but with Space Jam you are grabbing an American Professional Athlete, putting him with a cast of American Children’s characters (admittedly, i am ignorant as to the Looney Tunes popularity overseas) and presumably creating a story that takes place in the States. so i could be wrong, but the evidence to me indicates that the domestic box office figure is much more important than the international one.
    if the embassador aspect is what we should focus on (maybe it is), don’t you think LeBron would then be the obvious choice? Kobe’s career is winding down, and LeBron is about to be THE face of the league (unless Durant makes a pretty big marketing jump in the next couple years) with Kobe on his way out….considering it would probably take 2+ years from time of filming to movie release, wouldn’t it be safe to assume that Kobe will be not only less famous than LeBron, but quite possibly out of the league altogether?

  • danpowers

    i am afraid you are right about the $$ aspect. about the american cartoon figures: most people with access to tvs know the looney tunes and grew up with them. those are timeless classics.

    and yes, kobes age is absolutely speaking against kobe and in favor of lebron while lebrons “charisma” or lack thereof speaks against lebron. thats why id prefer this movie to be delayed until someone like durant took over to earn the reputation to be the best player in the game. imo lebron compares a little bit to shaq when shaq was dominating the league. idk if im able to explain myself properly here, but these kind of guys are not really the figures that magnify masses. a little more grace in their game and a little more baby in their faces would be desireable for the “next mj” in terms of being an embassador role of our sport. if it was just about the game lebron would be a no brainer. but i think a new spacejam would be a great possibility to make a push for our sport world wide and it shouldnt be wasted.

    (sry, had to edit some sentences)

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i agree with the Shaq assertion, although i see it a bit differently. i think certain venues of media fit certain players more than others. LeBron will probably outshine Kobe/Durant in public relation type events, where his personality & charisma can be relied upon. when it comes to being likeable and scripted, Durant/Kobe probably fit the bill better. I think a lot of it has to do with how open LeBron is with the media compared to his contemporaries. Durant and Kobe seem reserved, part of their personalities is a mystery, like Shaq, i feel like i know LeBron. And i feel like with that level of understanding, i don’t think he’d be as enjoyable in a “role” as an actor, or anything other than himself.

    does that make sense?

  • danpowers

    absolutely, thats exactly how i feel about it and also the reason why id prefer to wait with such a movie until KD added a little hardware under his belt.

    i dont think such a movie would be a bust with lebron as the main role, but it would be much bigger for the reasons you already stated with a guy like KD or Kobe in the main role. its a shame that kobe is too old. derrick rose wouldve also been a great candidate, too bad his knees let him down.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    honestly, Blake Griffin is the NBA player i would most like to be in a movie. but i would rather him be some kind of henchman in a comedy action movie, than the new guy in Space Jam

  • danpowers

    true that. he would be a perfect fit for a hot shots remake lol

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lmao, yes!

  • Mr Lee

    Lebron would switch sides and join the monstars at half time