The official trailer for the “Space Jam” remake starring LeBron James was released this past weekend. This movie has been in the works for quite some time, but it still feels weird seeing yet another classic movie get a remake. Hollywood remaking movies is not a new phenomenon, but it feels like there’s less and less original ideas these days coming out of major film studios. And now we can add LeBron’s new film to the list.

I wouldn’t mind all of the remakes coming out of Hollywood if they were better than the original movie. Animated movie remakes seem to be the worst culprits, as “Mulan”, “Aladdin” and “Dumbo” all left something to be desired. The less said about the “Ghostbusters” and “Charlie’s Angels” remakes, the better. There are some great movies that are remakes, such as “The Jungle Book” and “The Lion King” but for the most part they should leave the original alone and allow it to remain the classic that it is.

The entertainment industry is a fickle, copycat one where as soon as something proves to be successful there’s a mad dash to recreate it. So once the first remake or sequel was well received the fate of the industry was pretty much decided, especially as fewer people spend money on movies. It’s more advantageous if you’re able to leverage an existing movie franchise or copy a foreign film that has already been well received than to pitch an entirely new idea in a cash-strapped industry. And it’s easier to land top athletes, musicians or advertising deals if you’re piggybacking off of something that’s already proven to be wildly successful.

I’m going to reserve judgement of this new LeBron James “Space Jam” until I’ve seen it. It could be terrible, or it could be a new masterpiece. But I think we can all agree on one thing.

At least it’s not Fast and the Furious 10.

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