For the past several years, rumors have been flying about the potential sequel the movie Space Jam, which starred Michael Jordan and a few other big-time NBA stars competing against or as cartoon characters.
And while it’s all but confirmed that Space Jam 2 is set to have LeBron James playing the Jordan role, the original director of the movie, Joe Pytka, isn’t much of a fan of the idea.
Talking to The Hollywood Reporter about the project, here’s what Pytka had to say:
“Don’t do it. It’s doomed. Michael Jordan was the biggest star on the planet.”
“When we did Space Jam, there was a perfect storm of players and ex-players available — Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing,” says Pytka. “They all had a persona that complemented the film. There are none around like that now.”
While James is every bit as big as Jordan was back then—especially when considering that social media has helped Bron Bron’s brand—he’s right when saying that there isn’t anyone like Michael Jordan back in the day.
Plus, even with LeBron on board for the sequel, expectations will be so high that it’d be damn near impossible to exceed them and actually please those who go and see the movie.
The original Space Jam raked in $230 million at the box office, so any follow-up film has a steep climb to reach and/or surpass those numbers, so Pytka may be right in his opinion.