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Warner Bros. considered making a skate-based Space Jam sequel with Tony Hawk

By Josh Weiss
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Of all the alternate realities parallel to our own, we really want to visit the one where Warner Bros. Pictures made a skate-based Space Jam sequel with Tony Hawk entitled Skate Jam. No, we're not kidding—the professional skateboard talked about the scrapped project on social media earlier today.

"In 2003, I was requested to meet with Warner Brothers about doing a film tentatively titled Skate Jam," wrote Hawk on Twitter. "They were bringing back Looney Tunes with Back In Action & then wanted to start on my project immediately. A week later Back In Action bombed & Skate Jam was shelved forever."

A spiritual follow-up to Space Jam, Looney Tunes: Back in Action was directed by Joe Dante (Gremlins) and followed stuntman D.J. Drake (Brendan Fraser) as he went on an adventure with Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck to stop the Acme Corporation (led by Steve Martin's Mr. Chairman) from turning humanity into monkeys.

While reviews for the movie were mixed-to-positive, it was a bomb at the box office, making only $68.5 million against an $80 million budget.

Across the board, 1996's Space Jam is considered to be the superior mix of live-action and Looney Tune characters. Helmed by Joe Pytka, the film revolved around Michael Jordan helping the cartoons defeat a group of talent-stealing aliens in a game of basketball, lest they be enslaved at an intergalactic amusement park.

An actual sequel to Space Jam is currently in the works with LeBron James starring in the central role. Terence Nance (Random Acts of Flyness) is directing from a script by Justin Lin (S.W.A.T.), Alfredo Botello (Reality Reboot), Andrew Dodge (Bad Words), and  Willie Ebersol (The Wanted).

The follow-up, produced by Black Panther's Ryan Coogler, has no theatrical release date just yet. For his part, Pytka isn't too thrilled about the project, believing that it is "doomed" and should not be made.