Back in July, NBA Twitter was (ahem) atwitter (pause for applause) as a result of the news that LeBron James had joined Warner Bros. The assumption, of course, was that a long-rumored sequel to "Space Jam" was in the works, with James being the natural choice to star. Coming off his surprisingly excellent supporting role in "Trainwreck" this summer, the NBA's top player seems primed to continue his film career.
Clippers forward Blake Griffin starred in a recent commercial with Marvin the Martian, effectively sparking discussion about his role in a potential "Space Jam 2". Griffin spoke with Basketball Insiders this week and said he'd have interest in such a gig:
"Oh absolutely, absolutely. I’d love to be involved in any capacity, really. Space Jam was a huge part of my childhood. I actually had a Space Jam themed birthday party as a teen. Then, when I turned 21, my friends got me a Space Jam cake again just to re-live the glory days. It has been a big thing for me so being able to be involved in any capacity would be great, even just being one of the guys that’s in there would be cool. I think it would be a lot of fun. If you told me when I was 8 years old that I could possibly have a chance to be in Space Jam 2, it would have blown my mind. That would just be like another check off the bucket list."
Griffin is no stranger to comedy (as detailed in the interview), so a role in a "Space Jam" sequel would seem to be a natural fit. There still has been no concrete information regarding a potential reboot, but the tea leaves seems to indicate that something is afoot. By the way, is there any doubt Griffin could do this without the help of CGI? He'd totally save Warner Bros. millions in special effects costs.
The original movie features the likes of Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Muggsy Bogues, Larry Johnson and Shawn Bradley, with Larry Bird and Bill Murray making cameos. Which present-day players would you like to see in the modern-day iteration of "Space Jam"? I'm going to go ahead and nominate Timofey Mozgov for a Monstar role.
Read more about Blake's interview here.