Director Of The Original ‘Space Jam’ Reveals He Could Barely Finish The Sequel While Throwing Shade At LeBron James

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I think most people who watched Michael Jordan and the Tune Squad send the Monstars packing back to Moron Mountain when Space Jam hit theaters in 1996 were holding out hope that the sequel that took 25 years to come to fruition would be worth the wait.

When you consider the original movie isn’t exactly a cinematic masterpiece, the bar wasn’t really set that high for the creative minds tasked with formulating a follow-up. As a result, I was fairly optimistic that LeBron James would be able to hold his own and treat us to a somewhat satisfying nostalgic fix in Space Jam: A New Legacy.

However, my expectations got lower and lower with every teaser and trailer that dropped, and by the time a couple of incredibly worrisome clips hit the internet in the weeks leading up to its release, they were virtually nonexistent.

I’d love to share my thoughts on the Space Jam sequel. Sadly, I’m unable to do so because I decided to devote the two hours of my life I would’ve needed to spend watching it to doing literally anything else after it was met with scathing reviews from both critics and received an incredibly lukewarm reception from the many viewers who decided to take a chance on it.

Now, we can add the director of the original Space Jam to their ranks, as Joe Pytka recently shared his thoughts on the matter with TMZ and, well, it’s safe to say he’s not a fan.

Pytka said he needed five different viewing sessions to make it to the end of the movie, and while he didn’t join the chorus of the people who’ve blasted LeBron for his underwhelming performance, he asserted LeBron just doesn’t have the same star power Jordan possessed, saying, “The truth is that LeBron ain’t Michael.”

Tell us how you really feel, Joe.

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Connor Toole is the Deputy Editor at BroBible. He is a New England native who went to Boston College and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. Frequently described as "freakishly tall," he once used his 6'10" frame to sneak in the NBA Draft and convince people he was a member of the Utah Jazz.