Warner Bros. wanted to release all his 2021 movies on HBO Max, and the service’s next big movie is a fitting nod to the digital world. The studio has published the first trailer of Space Jam: a new legacy, and it’s more of an ode to science fiction than you might think. The movie has LeBron James whipped into a “Matrix hell “where he has to play basketball against a villainous-type Goon Squad to save his son. It involves enlisting Bugs Bunny and his friends for his team, of course, but the references go deeper than that.
James can count on the help of The iron giantthe robot of the same name, to begin with. The film also makes a nod to technological advancements in the 25 years since the original Space jam with Michael Jordan. The Tune Squad transforms from flat cartoons to CG animated characters (or a real body, in James’ case), players score points like video games, and the display above the pitch even shows a number of ‘subscribers on social networks.
A New Legacy will be released both on HBO Max and in theaters on July 16. We don’t expect this to be a transcendent cinematic experience, but it won’t cost you more to watch than a Max subscription. It can be easy to justify if you’re still stuck at home due to the pandemic, or just don’t want the hassle of visiting the theater. It’s also one of the biggest tests of Warner’s strategy – if the new Space jam proves success on HBO Max, it could both boost the service’s profile and lead to more big-name movies on Max.