Space Jam director Joe Pytka BASHES Space Jam: A New Legacy: ‘The truth is LeBron ain’t Michael’
Warner Bros.’ Space Jam: A New Legacy put up a solid debut at the box office last weekend with $31 million, though one filmmaker isn’t too happy with it: original Space Jam director Joe Pytka.
The 82-year-old commercial directing legend, who directed the 1992 Super Bowl commercial dubbed Hare Jordan that lead to him directing Space Jam four years later, spoke to TMZ about the sequel on Wednesday.
Pytka revealed that he was so bored with the movie that it took him five separate sittings to get through the 115-minute film.
Pytka directed the 1992 Hare Jordan commercial, which proved the cartoon character Bugs Bunny was still relevant and popular.
Warner Bros. started developing the film which centered on Michael Jordan’s sudden retirement from basketball to pursue a career in baseball, building a story about the Looney Tunes recruiting MJ out of retirement to win a big game.
This new film Space Jam: A New Legacy centers on LeBron James, who has to work with Bugs Bunny to help get back his kidnapped son.
Pytka said he has no real issues with James, stating he’s an incredible athlete and a great actor, but still he doesn’t hold a candle to Jordan.
‘The truth is that LeBron ain’t Michael,’ Pytka said plainly, adding that when they made Space Jam, Jordan was the ‘biggest celebrity in the world.’
The director added that his film had a personal connection to Jordan in his retirement from basketball, which he thinks A New Legacy is lacking.
He went on to state that the supporting cast around MJ and the cartoon characters was far superior than this sequel, such as Bill Murray, Wayne Knight and other real NBA stars such as Charles Barkley and Patrick Ewing.
Pytka said that he ‘can’t even remember’ what the Space Jam: A New Legacy supporting cast did, which included current NBA stars like Anthony Davis and Damian Lillard.
He also called the new film’s soundtrack, ‘insignificant’ while he thinks the original soundtrack is a classic.
His biggest issue with the new movie is how they handled Bugs Bunny, which he called, ‘heartbreaking.’
Pytka said the new version, ‘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.’
Space Jam earned $90.4 million domestic and $230.4 million worldwide during its theatrical run in 1996.