Last week we delivered news that Space Jam 2 was moving forward, with director Justin Lin and Lebron James headlining in the sequel to the original 1996 film that starred Michael Jordan, Larry Bird, Charles Barkley and other NBA superstars.
Space Jam was a live-action/animated hybrid comedy about a high-stakes basketball game between NBA luminaries and classic Looney Tunes characters against an intergalactic squad of Monstars. Director Joe Pytka, who helmed the first film, is not one to mince words, and he had some dire, outspoken predictions for Space Jam 2 in an interview with THR:
“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 might have a point with his gloomy warning. The NBA is a different animal two decades later, and though the lovable Looney Tunes personalities like Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird, Daffy Duck and Yosemite Sam might be up for this updated live-action/CGI version, Lebron James' popularity is waning and younger ballers like Steph Curry, Kevin Durant and James Harden are burning up the courts.
But even with Pytka's dark cloud, it's hard to believe a sci-fi sports romp wouldn't be a playful affair, especially if directed by Star Trek Beyond director Justin Lin. And has anyone seen those Nike commercials with Lebron James playing multiple roles as The LeBrons? He's hilarious. Stop lookin' at my lemonade!!
Do you agree with Joe Pytka? Is Space Jam 2 doomed to fail, or could it be a slam-dunk at the 2018 box office ?