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‘Area Jam: A New Legacy’ trailer pays tribute to sci-fi

Warner Bros. made a degree of releasing all its 2021 films on HBO Max, and the service’s subsequent massive film is an acceptable nod to the digital world. The studio has launched the primary trailer for Area Jam: A New Legacy, and it is extra of an ode to sci-fi than you would possibly suppose. The film has LeBron James whisked right into a “Matrix hell” the place he has to play basketball towards a supervillain-like Goon Squad to rescue his son. That includes enlisting Bugs Bunny and pals for his squad, after all, however the references go additional than that.

James can depend on assist from The Iron Big‘s namesake robotic, for starters. The film additionally makes nods to the technological progress within the 25 years because the unique Area Jam with Michael Jordan. The Tune Squad transforms from flat cartoons into CG-animated characters (or an actual physique, in James’ case), gamers rating video game-like factors, and the above-the-court show even reveals a social media follower depend.

A New Legacy premieres each on HBO Max and in theaters on July sixteenth. We would not count on it to be a transcendent cinematic expertise, however it additionally will not value you extra to observe than a Max subscription. It might be simple to justify in the event you’re nonetheless caught at house as a result of pandemic, or simply don’t desire the hassles of visiting the theater. It is also one of many greater assessments of Warner’s technique —if the brand new Area Jam proves successful on HBO Max, it may each increase the service’s profile and result in extra big-name films on Max. 

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