Space Jam Original Director Criticizes Sequel: ‘Dull Mess, LeBron James Isn’t Michael Jordan’

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

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 film in five separate sittings.

And while acknowledging that LeBron is a great basketball player and a decent actor, he said, “The truth is, LeBron is not Michael.”

Joe argued that in 1996 Michael Jordan was not only the best basketball player, but also the biggest celebrity in the world.

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Space Jam Original Director Criticizes Sequel: ‘Dull Mess, LeBron James Isn’t Michael Jordan’ (Image: WB)

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

The director claimed that his film also had a better supporting cast with the likes of Bill Murray.

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

He concluded that Space Jam: A New Legacy “looked like one of those fluffy dolls you buy in an airport gift shop to take your kid with if your business trip is too long.”

What do you think? Did you like 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)

Space Jam director Joe Pytka

Space Jam director Joe Pytka (Image: GETTY)

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

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

The moment Pepé kissed her arm before slapping him and pouring her drink over him.

Greice, herself a victim of sexual harassment, has since said she is angry that the scene depicting Pepé’s behavior as unacceptable was left out of the upcoming film.

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

“Although Pepe is a cartoon character, Greice wishes it was her if someone slapped a sexual harasser like him.

“Now the scene is broken and she doesn’t have the power to influence the world through younger generations who will watch Space Jam 2, to let younger girls and younger boys know that Pepé’s behavior is unacceptable.”


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