‘Space Jam’ Director Calls Sequel “Doomed”


Joe Pytka, director of the original Space Jam, isn’t a believer in the sequel. The sequel, will reportedly feature LeBron James, be directed by Justin Lin, and receive a script from Andrew Dodge.

For those unfamiliar, Space Jam was a live action/animation hybrid which paired Michael Jordan and other professional basketball players with the Looney Tunes and made over $230 million at the worldwide box office. Pytka believes James is no longer popular enough to headline the sequel, which would be still be at least another two years away.

“Don’t do it. It’s doomed. Michael Jordan was the biggest star on the planet. 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.”

Pytka thinks maybe Steph Curry would be able to headline the film, but even still the movie would need other headline players to fill it out. Furthermore, the original Space Jam is entirely fueled by nostalgia and a sequel wouldn’t likely be any good.

Producer of Space Jam, Ivan Reitman said every week “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.’” Warner Bros. seems to really want the Looney Tunes to be treated correctly, another hurdle a possible sequel would face.

Do you think Space Jam 2 is doomed? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Collider

Leon Brill

Leon Brill

Leon Brill is a staff writer for Heroic Hollywood, superhero/comic enthusiast, gamer, and film lover.

  • henryducard

    Completely agree. I remember all those players back in the day. They added to the comedy. There isn’t anyone in the game today that can pull that off.

    • Bruce Norris

      Right! Start something NEW or just let it go. The window has closed.

    • Victor Thomas


  • JNAZ

    I totally agree that Steph Curry should’ve been their choice. He’s the NBA’s golden boy (pun intended) and is already loved by every basketball dribbling child in the world.

  • Dayman

    Sadly, I agree… Those were the days..