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You wouldn't think a film about Michael Jordan taking part in an intergalactic basketball game with cartoon rabbits and aliens would be a hit... or maybe you would.
Either way, Space Jam definitely was - in the box office anyway.
Perhaps to an even greater extent, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater game series proved to be a slam-dunk with gamers, who now widely consider the games to be bona fide classics.
But what if the two had merged, in some kind of cosmic skate park?
Well, Tony Hawk himself has revealed that the film no one ever thought about almost became a reality. In a tweet, the 50-year-old skateboarding icon said he was asked to meet Warner Brothers about making 'Skate Jam'.
Fortunately/unfortunately, depending on how you look at it, Looney Tunes: Back In Action 'bombed' and the plan was scrapped, saving/depriving the world of 'Skate Jam'.
in 2003, I was requested to meet with Warner Brothers about doing a film tentatively titled "Skate Jam." 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 pic.twitter.com/9giKzBnlWH
- Tony Hawk (@tonyhawk) January 5, 2019
So, how do we feel about the fact that such a film might have been?
It seems generally that we're not quite sure what to think:
Pity, that would've been interesting. I don't know if it would've been good, but interesting is enough for me.
- Kris Viking (@MrKrisViking) January 5, 2019
I don't know what emotion this is making me feel, but I think it's "want".
- GentlemanPenguin (@GentlmnPenguin) January 6, 2019
That said, there are also lots of die-hard space basketball film/skateboarding game fans who have been left mourning the loss of that which never was as a result of Hawk's tweet:
Wow... I wish I didn't know this because now I want this movie more than ever... Rocket Power nostalgia kicking in..
- Brandon Perea (@BrandonPerea) January 5, 2019
I thought I couldn't hate Back in Action any more, you've somehow managed to make it so.
- Robyn Crawford (@doodle_birb) January 6, 2019
Now that's what I call a massive tragedy
- Nathaniel Foga (@nathaniel_foga) January 5, 2019
If you are one of those people feeling sorrowful, it may be of some comfort to you that Skate Jam does now exist.
Except it's not the film outlined above, it's a skateboarding game for mobile... not quite the same admittedly, but there you go.
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