Director of the first opus of “Space Jam”, Joe Pykta does not mince words about the sequel signed Malcolm D. Lee, to whom he criticizes in particular the absence of Michael Jordan in front of the camera.
“It’s not Space Jam. Space Jam is Michael Jordan.” Director of the first opus, released in February 1997 in our theaters, Joe Pytka has a grudge against the suite signed Malcolm D. Lee. And he did not fail to let the tabloid know TMZ. While the concept remains the same (a basketball star must team up with the Looney Tunes to save the world), he deems the two feature films to have nothing to do with each other. And that LeBron James does not have the aura of his predecessor.
“I have worked with three people who have such a magical quality that they can affect people no matter what they do, because they see them and they light up: Michael Jordan, Michael Jackson and Madonna. All three have this quality. which makes them immediately appeal to people without them understanding anything about them. And no one else has that. “
“LeBron is a fantastic basketball player, he’s in the Top 20 of all time. But he’s not Michael. They should have called the movie something else. They shouldn’t have called it Space Jam 2. That 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 – he’s not Michael Jordan. He doesn’t there will never be another Michael Jordan. “
The change of actor is not, however, Joe Pytka’s only grievance towards Space Jam – New Era, a feature film that he admits to having watched in five times (because released in theaters and on HBO Max in the United States). The director specifies that he is not angry with this film “who’s just sucks” and whose soundtrack he judges “insignificant” while the treatment of Bugs Bunny has left him “split the heart”.