Michael Jordan’s ‘Space Jam’ headed back to theaters to mark 20th anniversary

Stephanie Topacio Long
Michael Jordan’s ‘Space Jam’ headed back to theaters to mark 20th anniversary
Michael Jordan and his basketball team of Looney Tunes characters are coming back. Space Jam is returning to theaters in November to celebrate the live-action/animated comedy's 20th anniversary.

It has been two decades since Michael Jordan and his Looney Tunes basketball team hit the court, but they’re set to do it again. With Space Jam‘s 20th anniversary coming in November, the live-action/animated comedy is headed back to theaters.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Fathom Events have teamed up for the special screenings, the Associated Press reports. The celebration of Space Jam will take place in select theaters around the U.S. on Sunday, November 13, and Wednesday, November 16. Moviegoers will get to relive the basketball flick’s glory, plus catch the Looney Tunes short I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat beforehand.

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For those who missed Space Jam the first time around or just need a refresher, the comedy follows members of the Looney Tunes gang as they get caught up in the evil plot of alien theme park owner Swackhammer (Danny DeVito). He plans to use them as entertainment, but Bugs Bunny and crew decide to challenge the aliens to a basketball game to win their freedom. To improve their chances — especially after the aliens harness the powers of NBA stars like Larry Bird and Charles Barkley — the gang enlists the help of Michael Jordan himself.

Space Jam marked Jordan’s acting debut, coming during his storied basketball career. Although it wasn’t exactly a critical success (the flick averages just 36 percent from critics on Rotten Tomatoes), it was a slam dunk at the box office for Warner Bros. Space Jam grossed more than $230 million worldwide, according to Box Office Mojo data.

The anniversary celebration gives the comedy another chance to fill theaters. If it does well, that may just help strengthen the case for the rumored LeBron James-starring Space Jam sequel.