The buzz of a potential Space Jam sequel and/or reboot continues to grow, especially as the original movie celebrates it 20th anniversary this week. But Joe Pykta, director the Michael Jordan/Looney Tunes (and Bill Murray) masterpiece that has become a classic, can’t behind the idea of a remake. Basically, he doesn’t think there is anyone with the same star power than Jordan had in the mid-90s.
In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, Pykta says he hopes the movie doesn’t get remade.
I think it’s ridiculous to try and make a different movie out of it. I can’t see it. I can’t imagine how it could be what that film was. Not that Space Jam is a great movie, but it had something that touched that period of time because of who those athletes were and it doesn’t exist anymore.
Pykta specifically shot down the idea that LeBron James (or Steph Curry) could slide into MJ’s Nikes and recreate the magic.
I’ve worked with LeBron and I’ve worked with Steph Curry, and as good a player as LeBron is and as good a player as Steph Curry is, they’re not Michael Jordan. We will never see another player like him. He was a transcendent figure, much like Muhammad Ali. He was beyond his sport. These guys aren’t.
Of course, he also admitted that he has a particular attachment to the original. So maybe he’s just being protective of his previous work, in case a reboot ruins the Space Jam legacy.
“I don’t see how it could work. Plus, I don’t want them to make it. That’s probably the real reason, isn’t it?”
He’s probably right.