Following the recent news that Space Jam 2 is officially happening with NBA superstar LeBron James in the lead role, the director of the first movie has come out to say the project is “doomed.”
In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Joe Pytka offered this advice to filmmakers: “Don’t do it. It’s doomed. Michael Jordan was the biggest star on the planet.”
Pytka claims Golden State Warriors point guard Steph Curry is a bigger name than James right now. He added that the movie likely won’t be out for another two years at least, which gives Curry even more time to further extend his dominance over James.
He went on to talk about why the time was right for the original Space Jam back in 1996 and why it is unlikely that the sequel will succeed.
“When we did Space Jam, there was a perfect storm of players and ex-players available–Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing,” he said. “They all had a persona that complemented the film. There are none around like that now.”
The original Space Jam made more than $230 million during its box office run. The movie, which combined live-action and animation, saw Jordan play a very important game of basketball with Looney Tunes characters like Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck. The story for the sequel is being kept under wraps.
Rumors about James’ involvement with Space Jam 2 emerged when his company SpringHill Entertainment reached a deal with Space Jam studio Warner Bros. last summer. Space Jam 2 won’t be James’ first acting gig, as he also played himself in Amy Schumer’s 2015 comedy, Trainwreck.
Space Jam 2 will be directed by Justin Lin (Fast & Furious, Star Trek: Beyond). There is no word yet on the supporting cast or release date.