The original Space Jam director Joe Pytka has slammed the new movie after being against a follow-up of the beloved 1996 film, telling EW in 2016 that it's "ridiculous to try and make a different movie out of it."
Joe Pytka has now seen Lebron James' Space Jam: A New Legacy after 5 attempts of watching the movie. Talking to TMZ, he explained that he was disappointed with the soundtrack and said that Bugs Bunny "looked like one of those fluffy dolls you buy at an airport gift shop to bring your kid when your business trip has taken too long."
"I've worked with 3 people that have this magical quality that they affect people no matter what; they see them and some light goes on," Pytka told EW last year.
Explaining how LeBron can never replace Michael Jordan, Pytka went on to say: "Michael Jordan, Michael Jackson, and Madonna. All 3 have this quality where people connect immediately without understanding anything about them. And nobody else has that quality. LeBron is a fantastic basketball player, he's a top twenty basketball player of all time. He is not Michael.
"Maybe they should call it something else. They should not call it Space Jam 2, or whatever. It should be another movie. It's not Space Jam. Space Jam is Michael Jordan. No matter how much LeBron wants to be a great player — and he is a great player — he's not Michael Jordan. There will never be another Michael Jordan."
LeBron actually revealed that he had passed on offers to star in a new Space Jam movie earlier on in his career until of course, he realized that there will always be people assuming he is trying to do everything Michael has done.
"I've gotten older, and you know who you are. You know what you stand for...It's something Mike created and is his. I held that with a lot of responsibility," LeBron said to EW earlier this year.
But the filmmaker admitted he might not actually "want them to make it", admitting that "that's probably the real reason."
Space Jam: A New Legacy was released in theatres on Friday, July 16th, more than twenty-five years after the original movie which premiered in 1996. The director of the 2021 movie Is Malcolm D. Lee.