While Warner Bros. is undoubtedly excited by the prospect of a “Space Jam” sequel, original director Joe Pytka cautions against trying to catch lightning in the bottle again, warning, “It’s doomed.”
The 1996 live-action/animated sports comedy featured an all-star cast of NBA greats led by Michael Jordan, with assists from Bill Murray, Wayne Knight and the “Looney Tunes” gang. It was a magical mix that simply can’t be replicated today, Pytka says.
“Don’t do it. It’s doomed. Michael Jordan was the biggest star on the planet,” he tells The Hollywood Reporter. “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.”
LeBron James, who made his feature debut in “Trainwreck,” is set to star in the sequel, while Justin Lin is in talks to direct.
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