Space Jam 2 might be a mistake according to Space Jam director Joe Pytka saying that the story will not carry through.
It was a unique concept to bring everyone’s favourite Looney Tunes and the best basketball player ever, Michael Jordan to team up against a super-hyped team of Monsters to avoid getting exiled to Moran Mountain, a galactic theme park.
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Jordan, with the responsibility of returning the powers of some of his basketball buddies that the aliens have stolen and saving the Looney Tunes characters too, defeats the monsters and returns to the basketball court to once again play for the Chicago Bulls.
In 1996, this movie earned about $230 million and it was a successful attempt by the Warner Bros. to step into animation. According producer Ivan Reitman, they wanted the movie to appeal to a younger and adult audience so that they will be more diverse in the story telling and they succeeded in doing that.
As the CGI feature films are taking over, a sequel Space Jam 2 has been rumoured to go into production and it was finalized with LeBron James starring as the basketball star and Warner Bros. alum Justin Lin (Fast 6) to direct the movie. The plot of the movie might be a little different from before but it will feature James and the Looney Tunes characters.
Talking on the subject, perhaps the most qualified guy for to ask advice on this sequel would be the director for the original Space Jam, Joe Pytka. Pytka however has advised against doing the movie saying that it is doomed.
According to THR, he said that Michael Jordan was the greatest basketball player on the planet along with a perfect storm of players and ex-players available including Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, when they were doing Space Jam and they adjusted nicely with the characterization and the plot.
Currently there is no such variety and James has already been eclipsed on the court by Steph Curry. He said that the original line-up complimented the film but there are none like that now so going ahead with the movie will be a bad idea.
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The movie was mostly perceived as a kids’ movie and only time will tell whether it will fail or perform on the box office because WB is going ahead with the production.