20 Facts About Space Jam That Even Its Biggest Fans Won’t Know

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18. Spike Lee offered to do a rewrite

Spike Lee is renowned for gritty films like Do the Right Thing, and the director would appear to be an unlikely Looney Tunes fan. However, Lee, a longtime friend of Jordan, reportedly offered to tidy up the Space Jam script. Sadly, though, Warner Bros. declined his offer.

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17. Jordan helped pick the soundtrack

The Space Jam soundtrack was almost as successful as the film, spawning several hits including – yes, really – R. Kelly’s “I Believe I Can Fly.” Michael Jordan can take some of the credit, though, having helped to pick several of the songs which appeared on the compilation.

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16. Looney Tunes animator Chuck Jones wasn’t a fan

As the creator of Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner and Pepe Le Pew, as well as being a writer and director, Chuck Jones was a Looney Tunes legend. But he certainly wasn’t a fan of the characters’ 1996 outing. He later described Space Jam as being terrible, criticizing its risqué humor and the introduction of Lola Bunny as well as its feature-length running time.

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