New look at 'Space Jam: A New Legacy' reveals Tune Squad kit

Tom Butler
·Senior Editor
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Key art for the Space Jam sequel. (Warner Bros.)
Key art for the Space Jam sequel. (Warner Bros.)

Warner Bros. has shared a new look at Space Jam: A New Legacy, the long-awaited sequel to 1996’s Space Jam.

The video clip shows basketball star LeBron James modelling the new Tune Squad kit that will be worn in the live action-animation hybrid film.

The video, introduced by James’ filmmaking partner Maverick Carter, debuted at a special screening of the original film, hosted by the LeBron James Family Foundation. His foundation “invests its time, resources and attention in the kids of James’ hometown in Akron, Ohio”.

Space Jam: A New Legacy is still set for a 2021 release date despite much of the Hollywood calendar being thrown into chaos by the coronavirus pandemic.

A New Legacy is a reboot of the 1996 classic Space Jam, which starred basketball great Michael Jordan as well as a host of other NBA stars.

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It also featured characters from the Looney Tunes universe, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Taz, as it told a fictionalised account of how Jordan spent the years following his initial retirement from the NBA in 1993.

In Space Jam, he joins the Looney Tunes to help them win their freedom in a basketball match against the owner of an intergalactic theme park.

A New Legacy is directed by Girls Trip filmmaker Malcolm D Lee, while James is listed as a producer, alongside Black Panther director Ryan Coogler. Other NBA stars to appear in the film include Klay Thompson, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Chris Paul, and Kyle Kuzma.

LeBron's filmmaking partner Maverick Carter previously stated that the forthcoming movie will not take on the form of a sequel.

LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers controls the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors. (Ashley Landis - Pool/Getty Images)
LeBron James #23 of the Los Angeles Lakers controls the ball during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Toronto Raptors. (Ashley Landis - Pool/Getty Images)

"There's already been one that was good, we gotta make a film that's great," he told to The Hollywood Reporter.

It’s not clear if Michael Jordan will be involved, by Carter said the door is open for him. "Hopefully there will be a role for Michael if he wants it. But Michael Jordan is Michael f***in' Jordan. It doesn't matter [if LeBron] calls him, he's gonna do whatever the hell he wants, which he has earned that right to do.

"LeBron and Michael are not sitting around talking about Space Jam."

Space Jam: A New Legacy comes to cinemas in July, 2021.