Space Jam was considered a classic by 90s kid standards and WB attempted to revitalize the franchise with Looney Tunes: Back in Action way back in 2003. The film bombed, but as it turns out, there were plans to spinoff to other projects, including one which would have included pro skater Tony Hawk.
Hawk shared on Twitter:
I have to admit, with Hawk's reputation, a movie with the Looney Tunes would have been a no-brainer, but seeing that Back in Action didn't fare so well, I can imagine that WB got cold feet and ultimately decided to shelf the project.
For now, a Space Jam reboot is in the works with Lebron James set to star in the film. Ryan Coogler (Black Panther) and Justin Lin (Fast & Furious) are also attached to the movie, and I'm guessing more NBA stars are also going to be tapped to make an appearance.
Who knows, if that film manages to succeed, maybe Tony Hawk's cancelled project could find some new interest with the studio. After all, who said that the Looney Tunes could only work with basketball? Bring in the crazier concepts!
Admittedly, the original Space Jam doesn't hold up as well as some fans would think, but it was one of the most phenomenal films when it came out in the 90s. It was just so fantastic to think that a real-life person could be dragged into a cartoon world and forced to participate in silly basketball game with the likes of Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck.
No release date has been set for the Space Jam sequel.