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Space Jam: A New Legacy is, in part, a nostalgic ride into the ‘90s classic many of us grew up loving and, in another sense, it’s a journey through Warner Bros.' vast library of franchises and classic properties. The live-action/animation hybrid film had LeBron James and the Looney Tunes venturing to places like Hogwarts, Casablanca and the world of DC comics. Oh, and apparently there was more to the Game of Thrones sequence too, and it would've provided another costume change for James.
Space Jam 2’s costume designer, Melissa Bruning, had the challenge of not only bringing to life these memorable worlds in the Warner Bros. ServerVerse but fitting them to a 6’9" basketball sensation as well. When speaking to The Hollywood Reporter, she shared that LeBron James was even fitted for full Game of Thrones armor, but it didn’t make it into the final film:
Because of LeBron James' height, Warner Bros. couldn’t just go into the archives and pull out Jon Snow’s outfit from the HBO hit (Kit Harrington in comparison is 5’8"). They had to actually construct him a suit of armor for the film and when the film ended up being edited, it didn’t even get a cameo. Anyway, look at James’ Westeros fit:
He most certainly cannot play basketball in that! It sounds like it was a fun project for the costume designer to have LeBron James wear costumes for a number of beloved franchises but, as she shared, it’s also the “most challenging project” she’s ever done, too. Working on Space Jam: A New Legacy also meant creating new jerseys for the Tune Squad and costumes for characters from It, A Clockwork Orange, Wizard of Oz and so forth, who stand on the sidelines of the final game.
Space Jam: A New Legacy premiered in theaters and HBO Max last month and is now at $124 million worldwide, as studios attempt to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. The movie also premiered on HBO Max and will be available on the platform until August 15. You can sign up for the service using this link to watch Space Jam and other Warner Bros. movies and television shows.
Although we’ll never see LeBron James in action in the Game of Thrones armor, winter is coming once more! HBO is currently developing two new spinoff projects from George R.R. Martin's popular fantasy world, along with House of the Dragon, which is set to come out sometime next year. We'll keep you updated about those details here on CinemaBlend.
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