Twenty-five years after Michael Jordan starred in the now-iconic original, “Space Jam: A New Legacy” — a standalone sequel with LeBron James taking over the MJ role — makes its highly anticipated premiere on Friday, July 16. It will be released both in theaters and on HBO Max at about 3 a.m. ET/midnight PT.
If you sign up for HBO Max directly through their website, there is no free trial. It’s $14.99 per month right away. However, you can get HBO Max included with a free trial of some other streaming services, which we detail below.
As such, here’s a rundown on how to sign up and watch “Space Jam: A New Legacy” for free (note that the movie will leave HBO Max after 30 days on August 16):
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AT&T TV has four different channel packages: “Entertainment,” “Choice,” “Ultimate” and “Premier.” One year of HBO Max (or however long you keep AT&T TV) is included for free in the “Choice” and above bundles, and you can select any package and any add-on you want with your free 14-day trial of AT&T TV.
Note that the free trial isn’t advertised as such, but when you go to checkout your “due today” amount will be $0 when signing up. If you watch AT&T TV on your computer, phone or tablet, you won’t be charged for 14 days. If you watch on a streaming device on your TV (Roku, Firestick, Apple TV, etc.), you will be charged for the first month, but you can get still get a full refund if you cancel before 14 days:
Once signed up for AT&T TV’s “Choice” or above bundle, you can watch “Space Jam: A New Legacy” on the HBO Max app (not the AT&T TV app), which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TV, PlayStation 4 or 5, Xbox One or Series X/S, iPhone, Android phone, iPad, or Android tablet.
When signing in to HBO Max, you’ll need to use your AT&T TV credentials.
HBO Max is available as an add-on to either Hulu or Hulu with Live TV. Whether you’re a new or existing Hulu subscriber, the HBO Max add-on comes with a free seven-day trial:
Once signed up for the HBO Max add-on to Hulu, you can watch “Space Jam: A New Legacy” on the HBO Max app (not the Hulu app), which is available on your Roku, Roku TV, Amazon Fire TV or Firestick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TV, PlayStation 4 or 5, Xbox One or Series X/S, iPhone, Android phone, iPad, or Android tablet.
When signing in to HBO Max, you’ll need to use your Hulu credentials.
‘Space Jam: A New Legacy’ Preview
“Space Jam: A New Legacy” is a sequel to the 1996 comedy starring Michael Jordan. This follow-up film stars LeBron James. In the film, James “goes on an epic adventure alongside the timeless Tune Bugs Bunny and the Tune Squad in this animated/live-action event,” according to the HBO Max press release.
This transformational journey is a manic mashup of two worlds that reveals just how far some parents will go to connect with their kids.
NBA champ LeBron James and his son Dom are trapped in digital space by a rogue A.I. To get them home, LeBron must lead Bugs Bunny and the whole gang of undisciplined Looney Tunes to victory over the A.I.’s team of digitized NBA and WNBA stars. It’s Tunes versus Goons in a high-stakes challenge that shines a light on the power of being yourself.
“Space Jam: A New Legacy” co-stars Don Cheadle, Khris Davis, Sonequa Martin-Green, Cedric Joe, Jeff Bergman, Eric Bauza, and Zendaya.
In an interview with “Entertainment Weekly,” James said that the original “Space Jam” was “definitely a big part of [his] childhood.”
“There were a lot of films for me, but ‘Space Jam’ was definitely up there. Just growing up and loving the NBA, and obviously loving Michael Jordan, and loving the Looney Tunes, it was an automatic and a very organic blend between the two worlds,” said James. “And it was fun to see what MJ and Bugs and Taz and all those great toons were able to go through in that first movie. It was pretty cool, man, as a kid, wanting to see inspiration from movies and from people that you look up to, and people that you watch on a day-to-day basis.”
James was originally approached about the film 15 years ago, but he said that at that point in his career, he wasn’t ready for something this high-profile.
“At that point in time, I didn’t think I was ready to do anything of that magnitude,” said James. “I wanted to continue to focus on my game, dedicate myself to the offseason, and give to the game as much as I could. I felt like I owed it to myself, to the game. When it was brought back, the timing was right for us, and we were able to dive into it. And now we’re months away from the world actually seeing what we were able to create.”
“Space Jam: A New Legacy” drops Friday, July 16 on HBO Max.
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