The Looney Tunes squad are back playing a spot of basketball as NBA star Lebron James finds himself stuck in an evil AI's Serververse, with only one way out - they must take to the court and win. Bringing together the stunning animation of Bugs Bunny, Tweety, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and other Looney Tune icons, this new instalment of Space Jam receives both a theatrical and streaming release. Here's everything you need to know on how to watch Space Jam: A New Legacy with a HBO Max subscription, or elsewhere around the world.
Release date: July 16, 2021
Director: Malcolm D. Lee
Cast: LeBron James, Don Cheadle, Sonequa Martin-Green, Zendaya
Run time: 2 hours
Watch in US: subscribe to HBO Max
It's Tune Squad vs Goon Squad in this standalone sequel to the 1996 comedy caper. It's part animated, part live action and 100% outrageous, a family disagreement escalating wildly, with rogue AI Al-G Rhythm (Don Cheadle) kidnapping LeBron's son before forcing the king to play ball to get him back.
But who needs terrifying opponents when you've got teammates like Daffy Duck, Yosemite Sam and Tweety?
Trading isn't an option, so LeBron's going to have to work with what he's got, though it's not all bad, thanks to Lola Bunny and Granny.
Featuring cameos from Damian Lillard, Kyrie Irving, Chris Paul and one particularly special guest, Space Jam: A New Legacy looks like a worthy follow-up to the original. Here's how to watch Space Jam: A New Legacy online, streaming on HBO Max until August 15.
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How to watch Space Jam: A New Legacy online in the US
There’s only one place to watch the Warner Bros. slate of 2021 movies online, and that’s on HBO Max. On Friday, July 16, Space Jam: A New Legacy was the latest title to get an online, day and date release alongside the film's theatrical debut. And, as with previous Warner Bros. films, it's available to stream for a duration of 31 days, before being removed from the platform until the end of its theatrical run.
There are currently two HBO Max subscription plans available: one ‘With Ads’ at $9.99 a month, the other ‘Ad Free’ at the familiar $14.99 monthly rate. However, if you want to watch Space Jam: A New Legacy online and upcoming WB releases like The Suicide Squad on August 6, you’ll need to shell up for the $14.99 option, because early access to WB blockbusters isn’t available on the cheaper plan – and neither is crisp 4K UHD picture quality, for that matter.
The $14.99 fee may seem steep, but you can also save 16% by committing to its annual plan for $149.99 for the 12-months.
In addition to instant access to crowd-pleasing fare like Space Jam: A New Legacy, you get over 10,000 hours of prime content: titles from the Warner Bros. archive and its subsidiary companies (New Line Cinema, for example), Studio Ghibli’s animated masterpieces, DC Entertainment blockbusters like Zack Snyder’s Justice League, and – the clue's in the name – every iconic HBO series ever made. Then there’s all 10 seasons of Friends, addictive HBO Max Originals, and so much more.
Of course, if theaters are open again where you are, you might fancy supporting your local and seeing Space Jam: A New Legacy on the big screen for a change.
How to watch Space Jam: A New Legacy across the rest of the world
This live action/animated spectacular will be rolled out to cinemas across the world – where it’s been deemed safe to do so, anyway. In Canada, Space Jam: A New Legacy will be available in theaters on July 16, the same day as it’s released in the US. That's also when it reaches UK audiences, though it lands in Australia a day earlier, on July 15.
At the moment, there’s no confirmation of whether Space Jam: A New Legacy has been procured by any of the major VOD platforms in these territories. However, many of the 2021 Warner Brothers films released on HBO Max – like The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It – have been made available internationally to rent as PVOD (premium video on demand) titles, on services like Amazon Prime Video, Apple iTunes, and Google Play Store. While we don’t know for certain yet, it’ll be worth checking these websites to see if that holds true for Space Jam: A New Legacy.
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Aatif is a freelance copywriter and journalist based in the UK. He’s written about technology, science and politics for publications including Gizmodo, The Independent, Trusted Reviews and Newsweek, but focuses on streaming at Future, an arrangement that combines two of his greatest passions: sport and penny-pinching.