Space Jam original director slams sequel: ‘Boring mess, LeBron James ain’t Michael Jordan’

It’s been 25 years since Michael Jordan starred opposite Bugs Bunny in Space Jam. And just like the original, LeBron James’ Space Jam: A New Legacy has not been met kindly by the critics. And joining them in fact was the first film’s director Joe Pytka.

According to TMZ, the original Space Jam director found the sequel “an uninteresting mess”.

Apparently, Joe found A New Legacy “so boring” that he had to watch the 2 hour movie in five separate sittings.

And while he acknowledged that LeBron is an amazing basketball player and decent actor, he said: “The truth is LeBron ain’t Michael.”

Joe argued that in 1996 Michael Jordan wasn’t just the greatest basketball player, he was also the biggest celebrity in the world.

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Space Jam original director slams sequel: ‘Boring mess, LeBron James ain’t Michael Jordan’

Space Jam original director slams sequel: ‘Boring mess, LeBron James ain’t Michael Jordan’ (Image: WB)

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Joe also felt Space Jam: A New Legacy lacked the personal connection to LeBron’s life that his film had to Michael’s, with the latter becoming a baseball player.

The director argued that his movie had a better supporting cast too with the likes of Bill Murray.

Aside from finding the sequel’s soundtrack “insignificant”, Joe’s biggest problem with A New Legacy was Bugs Bunny’s “heartbreaking” role.

He concluded that Space Jam: A New Legacy “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.”

What do you think? Did you enjoy Space Jam: A New Legacy? Join the debate in the comments section here.

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Space Jam: A New Legacy is out now (Image: WB)

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Space Jam director Joe Pytka (Image: GETTY)

Meanwhile, Space Jam: A New Legacy cut Looney Tunes skunk Pepé Le Pew from the new movie.

The cartoon character is known for his non-consensual romantic pursuits and was originally set to feature in a scene where he hit on a woman played by Greice Santo.

The moment saw Pepé kissing her arm before she slaps him and pours her drink over him.

Greice, a victim of sexual harassment herself, has since said that she’s upset that the scene depicting Pepé’s behaviour as unacceptable was left out of the upcoming movie.

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Santo’s spokesperson told Deadline: “This was such a big deal for Greice to be in this movie.

“Even though Pepe is a cartoon character, if anyone was going to slap a sexual harasser like him, Greice wished it would be her.

“Now the scene is cut, and she doesn’t have that power to influence the world through younger generations who’ll be watching Space Jam 2, to let younger girls and younger boys know that Pepé’s behaviour is unacceptable.”


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