Twitter is abuzz pointing out the similarities between the 1996 Looney Tunes and Michael Jordan-starring film and the real-life measures being taken.
In the film, the NBA season is suspended after the evil alien Monstars steal the basketball-playing prowess of Charles Barkley, Shawn Bradley, Patrick Ewing, Larry Johnson and Muggsy Bogues.
There's even a scene that shows the Los Angeles Lakers refusing to enter locker rooms because "after what happened to Barkley and Ewing, there's gotta be germs in there or something."
When Coach Del Harris points out that the other players lost their talents 3,000 miles away in New York, Anthony Miller responds, "Bacteria like that can travel faster than the speed of light."
His teammate Vlade Divac then adds, "Yeah, it could be Invasion of Bodysnatchers."
Harris exasperatedly tells them to get dressed in the hall, and the players proceed to put on gas masks.
When nothing the affected players try gives them their talent back, the commissioner suspends the NBA season. In a press conference, he says, "Until we can guarantee the health and safety of our NBA players, there will be no more basketball this season."
Flash forward to 2020 and the NBA has been suspended because Utah Jazz player Rudy Gobert tested positive for the COVID-19 coronavirus.
As such, all teams that have played the Jazz in the last 10 days have been told to self-quarantine — including the reigning NBA champs the Toronto Raptors.
At least now they'll all have time to re-watch Space Jam — and in the movie there was a happy ending.
As previously reported, a sequel to Space Jam starring Lebron James is slated for release next year. It's unclear if the entire production team is now reworking the plot.
While we wait to see how the real-life NBA suspension and sequel play out, see Twitter's reaction to the similarities between Space Jam and real life below.
Space Jam all over again— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) March 12, 2020
Space Jam predicted this. pic.twitter.com/Vbbfj8U80q— Hoops (@HoopMixOnly) March 12, 2020
How ironic... I was watching Space Jam just 3 hours ago and now look👀 pic.twitter.com/tfOSRrD1A4— Cassius Stanley (@cassius_stanley) March 12, 2020
We are officially living the plot of space jam. We are living the plot of a fucking WARNER BROS MOVIE, Adam Silver bout to pull up to the OKC arena like this pic.twitter.com/8k4BiuqHDV— Jace Junk (@Junkman192) March 12, 2020
SPACE JAM PREDICTED CORONA AND CAME OUT TODAY WTF?? pic.twitter.com/Bbp5KkVOmo— Troydan (@Troydan) March 12, 2020
Space Jam: unknown virus causes mass hysteria and eventual shutdown of the NBA— S M A R F (@ColeyMick) March 12, 2020
Space Jam 2: began filming last summer immediately before unknown virus caused mass hysteria shutting down the NBA
trying to unwind by watching Space Jam was a bad idea— Rob Perez (@WorldWideWob) March 12, 2020
All this Coronavirus stuff keeps making me think about this Space Jam scene. pic.twitter.com/3FTyL4Dfz0— Vincent Samperio (@VinceSamperio) March 12, 2020
Folks, we are not living in "Contagion" or "Outbreak"— Bob O'Brien (@ClevelandBob) March 12, 2020
It's time for everybody to get up,,,,,
it's time to slam now
We got a real jam goin' down
Welcome to the Space Jam pic.twitter.com/7TuTWMEtvi
Space Jam predicted the future...— jeremy taché (@jeremytache) March 12, 2020
Today is insane. pic.twitter.com/LDy1YgNByl