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LeBron doesn't believe he can fly after all—'Space Jam 2' isn't happening (yet)

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To those around the Internet who are mad as hell (or overjoyed) at the prospect of Miami Heat star LeBron James starring in a sequel to Space Jam—simmer down.

The project might not happen.

ESPN’s Brian Windorst was able to track down a response from the King James camp late Friday night that cast doubt on James’ involvement in a follow up to Michael Jordan’s loved 1996 kids movie, in which Jordan teams up with Looney Tunes to defeat space invaders. It did well at the box office, bringing in $230 million for Warner Bros. (though Independence Day, Twister, and The Nutty Professor were more popular that year.) If you remember nothing else about the film, you’ll probably recall R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly” playing pretty much non-stop on the radio.

Earlier Friday, Deadline Hollywood reported that Warner Bros. is developing a screenplay for a sequel to the film that would cast James in the basketball hero role. The news ignited an instant a firestorm on Twitter and elsewhere on the Web.

While denials from sources close to LeBron James aren’t definitive proof the project won’t happen (he could be in more casual talks, or waiting for the studio to make a better offer), the film does have a long way to go before it makes it to the screen. It doesn’t even have a script. That being said, the huge reaction to the news will certainly give James and Warner Bros. executives something to think about.


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