Published On: Mon, May 30th, 2016

‘Space Jam’ sequel with LeBron James is ‘doomed’ says original director

While the studio behind the 1996 film Space Jam is still seeking avenues to reboot the film, likely with LeBron James, the director of the original, Joe Pytka, explained why that won’t work. In fact, Pykta says a Space Jam sequel “is doomed” and tells the studio “Don’t do it.”

Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin has been rumored to be attached with James starring in the film, scripted by Andrew Dodge (Bad Words).

space-jam-poster“Don’t do it. It’s doomed. Michael Jordan was the biggest star on the planet,” he tells THR magazine. “When we did Space Jam, there was a perfect storm of players and ex-players available — Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing… They all had a persona that complemented the film. There are none around like that now.”

Much of Pytka’s word of caution is based on the perception that James’ popularity has already been eclipsed by Steph Curry, and the film is, at least, still two years away from completion.

Collider reflected on first film, quoting Space Jam producer Ivan Reitman who said that “he’d have a meeting with Warners co-chairman Bob Daly, who would remind him that Looney Tunes characters were the ‘studio’s crown jewels — those were the words he’d use” and that “The key was getting the tone to hold so it works for kids and adults. That was the line we were walking.”


Neither outlet credited Bill Murray’s hysterical role that perfectly complemented Jordan and the Tunes. Several former NBA players names were mentioned: Shaquille O’Neal, Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash, and Allen Iverson. Nothing will be as great as Jordan appearing near the end of the film with James to win the game.

A Space Jam sequel isn’t likely anytime before 2018 and will more suited for 2019.

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