To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the toons vs. basketball star film “Space Jam,” the latest issue of EW has done a story on the film which includes an interview with its director Joe Pytka.
In recent months there’s been talk of a potential remake with Justin Lin (“Fast Five,” “Star Trek Beyond”) slated to direct and LeBron James to star. Pytka tells the mag he doesn’t see the point of a remake or sequel because the world has changed and athletes as big as Michael Jordan aren’t there anymore. He even revealed turning down some athletes who wanted in on that action:
“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.
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.”
Pytka is self-aware enough though to admit his attachment to the original is part of the reason for his resentment as, straight up: “I don’t want them to make it. That’s probably the real reason, isn’t it?”