Space Jam’s 20th anniversary will be celebrated in November in selected theaters around the United States starting Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Yes, moviegoers will be able to relieve the live-action/animated comedy with Michael Jordan, Bugs Bunny, Bill Murray, and the rest of Tune Squad.
Warner Bros. Pictures has teamed up with Fathom Events for the special screenings, according to a report by the Associated Press. The celebration will also take place on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.
The movie wasn’t actually a huge success. Indeed, critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave the film just 36 percent. However, Warner Bros cherished the piece as a major hit at the box office as it grossed over $230 million worldwide, according to data by Box Office Mojo.
Rumor has it that LeBron James will be starring Space Jam sequel and the impact of this story will be reinforced if the November celebration helps fill theaters. After all, it will be the last chance moviegoers will have to experience the original story in front of the big screen.
But Joe Pykta, who directed the original film, believes there shouldn’t be a sequel at all.
“Don’t do it. It’s doomed. Michael Jordan was the biggest star on the planet”, he expressed in May, according to Hollywood Reporter.
An evil plot with entertainment purposes
In case you didn’t get to see Space Jam the first time around or you have forgotten part of the story, the comedy features members of the Looney Tunes gang in the middle of a plot of Swackhammer (Danny DeVito), the owner of an alien theme park.
He wants to force Bugs Bunny and the crew to serve as entertainment, but they come up with the idea of challenging the aliens to basketball as an attempt to win their freedom. NBA stars Larry Bird and Charles Barkley see their powers blocked by the aliens and the gang calls on Michael Jordan to help them.
Space Jam gave the Jordan his first opportunity as an actor during his widely known and acclaimed basketball career. Fathom Events informed that the screenings would take place at Kaufman Theaters in Astoria, Queens, the Empire 25 theater on West 42nd Street in Hell’s Kitchen, and Union Square 14 theater in downtown Manhattan, as reported by CBS New York.
Source: Digital Trends