Los Angeles (EFE) .— In 1996, “Space Jam” led by Michael Jordan and Bugs Bunny conquered theaters. Now, 25 years later, the famous rabbit returns to step onto the basketball court with LeBron James in “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” which opens worldwide tomorrow Friday.
The new film is not a sequel to the original film: James leads an updated version of the plot, starring Looney Tunes that looks like 3D and which takes place in a video game.
If the 1996 movie Jordan had to save Bugs Bunny & Co. from an alien invasion in “Space Jam: A New Legacy,” it’s the cartoons that will try to stop James’ son from being trapped in a universe dominated by artificial intelligence.
“We are in a digital age and we had to mention cyberspace,” explained its director, Malcolm D. Lee. The filmmaker has been commissioned to update a film that made more than $250 million at the box office in the late 1990s and which as time went on became a fetish for nostalgia.
But at the same time, “Space Jam” served to relaunch Jordan’s image after his brief retirement from Gripps between 1993 and 1995.
That’s why the study signed the top basketball star on TODAY. “LeBron James is a great leader, he’s already tall, but it’s about filling shoes,” Lee said.
“During filming, he used to get up at three in the morning for his basketball practice and at seven in the morning he was in the studio,” he said.
Filters, customization, bonuses, impossible twists… “Space Jam: A New Legacy” is steeped in video game references to deliver a colorful and exciting movie like the “Mario Kart” race.
“The kids already know how to program and we had to mention that,” the filmmaker said in reference to the role of Dom James, a fictionalized version of LeBron’s youngest son, played by Cedric Joe. .
But what will catch the audience’s attention is the new image of Lola Bunny, which will introduce a less sexual aspect to the film.
“Lola Bunny was very sexist, like Betty Boop combined with Jessica Rabbit,” the director explained to the press when he presented the transformation last March.
According to Lee, while the rest of the paintings had a childish look, Lola Bunny’s features and clothing, to a lesser extent, exposed her sexual characteristics.
“I didn’t imagine people would be so angry about a rabbit that doesn’t have breasts,” he said of the controversy that arose in social networks.
Warner Bros. has taken advantage of the return of its most popular characters since the 1930s, Looney Tunes, to fill the new “Space Jam” with references.
The characters of “A Clockwork Orange” slip among the party masses; Tweety’s grandmother has similar qualities to characters from “The Matrix” and has most recognizable cameos in “Harry Potter,” “Wonder Woman,” “Superman,” “Batman,” and even “King Kong”. ” also included.
“We had all the characters available in the studio,” the director said. And it is that “Game of Thrones” fans will also find references to the series.
Zendaya is the voice in the original version of “Space Jam: New Legends”, an aspect that greatly flattered the cast. The character voiced by the singer is called “Lola”.