Everybody get up it's time to slam now
We got a real jam goin' down
Welcome to the Space Jam
Here's your chance, do your dance at the Space Jam
The year was 1996 when Space Jam released. That was 20 years ago. I was 9 years old and my brother was 7.
When it came out that November it quickly became one of our favorites. The best athlete of his time and to this day is the best basketball player to have played the game, Michael Jordan, joined the cast of the Looney Tunes and entered the world of cinema.
Space Jam grossed over $230 million at the box office with a budget of $80 million. It turned into a great basketball movie classic featuring the single most marketed athlete of the 90s generation. It took four people to write this movie. The movie shows the story of Jordan in between his first retirement from the NBA in 1993 and the year came back in 1995. The animated/live action movie was inspired by a commercial for the Hare Jordan’s.
Michael Jordan has not been the only NBA superstar to appear or even star in movies. A few names that have appeared on the silver screen include: Shaquille O’Neal, John Salley, Ray Allen, fellow Bull Dennis Rodman and even Kevin Durant. I’m sure all of these movies were entertaining and even somewhat successful, but none of them came close to what Space Jam was in the 90s and still is today. It was one of a kind and always will be. Until now…
If you haven’t heard, Space Jam 2 is a thing that will be happening. Although it seems that most Space Jam OG’s think this is a terrible idea. The director of the first and should be only Space Jam director, Joe Pytka, has advised against doing this. I would agree. It’s understandable they would want to make a movie that had the kind of impact it did in the 90s for this generation, but there is no re-making this movie. There is no other Michael Jordan. There are no Charles Barley’s, Patrick Ewing’s, Larry Bird’s and Mugsy Bogues’ to make cameos. It’s a different time now and if there must be a movie starring LeBron that too should be something different. LeBron has already created his own legacy; I think they can make him his own movie that’s not a number 2. Although, it may be fitting since he will go down as the number 2 best player to have ever played the game with Jordan as number 1. But that’s a whole different story…
I’ve watched Space Jam as an adult many times. I own it and it’s a great one to watch every once in a while. It’s still as great today as it was when I was a kid. When and if Space Jam 2 is released, I will not be watching it. There is only one Space Jam and that’s all I need.
by Elaine Coughlin (@airlainey)