Joe pytka – the director of Michael jordan‘S original “Space Jam” – goes off James lebron‘reboot, calling it an uninteresting mess… and that’s about the nicest thing he has to say.
Pytka – who is also known for making popular music videos and commercials in the 80s and 90s, including the movie “I Am Tiger woods“announcement – tells TMZ …” Space Jam: A New Legacy “is so boring he couldn’t finish it in one sitting.
In fact, he says it took him 5 separate sessions to complete his 2 hour battery life.
The director has several issues with the restart, starting with LBJ. Pytka points out that when “Space Jam” was made in 1996, MJ was not just the best basketball player… he was the biggest celebrity in the world.
Joe says LeBron is an amazing athlete and a great actor, but adds … “The truth is, LeBron is not Michael.” On top of that, Pytka says her film tied the intrigue to MJ’s personal life – pulling out of hoops to play baseball – while the new film lacks a personal connection to LeBron.
Pytka is just getting started… he thinks the 1996 “Space Jam” featured a much higher supporting cast with Charles barkley, Muggy Bugs, Shawn bradley and Bill Murray. In ‘New Legacy’ … he says he doesn’t even remember a thing Anthony davis, Damien lillard or the others did.
The director also thinks the reboot’s soundtrack is “insignificant” while the OG’s is classic, but its bigger beef is what happened to Bugs Bunny. No spoils here, but Joe considers the role of Bugs in “New Legacy” to be “heartbreaking.”
Pytka says this new BB has nothing to do with previous performances – something they paid special attention to with the OG “Space Jam”. In short, he says the new version “looked like one of those fluffy dolls you buy at an airport gift shop to bring your kid when your business trip took too long.”
Take all of this with a grain of salt, as Joe acknowledges that his “Space Jam” was primarily criticized by critics – as was this reboot – but it became a cult classic nonetheless.
And, to be clear, Pytka says he’s not crazy about ‘A New Legacy’ … he just thinks it sucks. Ouch!!! As Bugs would say, “What’s up, Doc ???”