The Original: Michael Jordan teams up with animated characters to play against mutant thugs in the worst-officiated basketball game of all time.
The Sequel: Space Jam 2: The Reckoning.
A gritty, road-to-redemption sequel set 20 years after the Tune Squad's victory over the Monstars. Introducing Derrick Rose as himself.
The Pitch: Taz is dead, and only the game of basketball can redeem the Tune Squad, whose members have fallen into hard times after being replaced by a new generation of cartoons and superstars.
Jordan is beset with paternity lawsuits and wrestles with his personal demons. He spends money recklessly, makes bets he can't win—just to feel something.
The Tunes have fared even worse, however.
After seeing their jobs fall to the likes of Dora the Explorer and Steven Universe, they now lead vapid or destructive lives. Foghorn Leghorn is unemployed and has a troubling attachment to the bottle. Bugs Bunny is an unhappy Bulls beat reporter at the Chicago Tribune. His marriage with Lola has fallen apart and the two remain estranged. Daffy Duck is stuck in middle management.
It takes the Tazmanian Devil's sudden passing to bring them all together again, at which point they realize that life isn't meant to be lived lying down. They get the team back together and decide to enter the National Cartoon Athletic Association tournament. Derrick Rose takes the place of Jordan, who claims he's "too old" to play and prefers to coach. Rose is injured in the championship game against The Exploras, and Jordan suits up to play.
There's also a brief Bill Murray cameo which involves arm-stretch dunking—tons of arm-stretch dunking, actually.
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