‘Space Jam’ director isn’t optimistic about sequel plans

LeBron James has been linked to a belated follow-up to the 1996 film

The original director of Space Jam has warned against the upcoming sequel film.

It was first reported in 2014 that Warner Bros was planning a belated sequel to its hit 1996 comedy, with LeBron James stepping into original star Michael Jordan’s shoes alongside a host of popular Looney Tunes characters.

Fast & Furious veteran Justin Lin is one of three screenwriters now working on the sequel’s script, and is said to be “eyeing” the director’s seat too.

Now, original director Joe Pytka has passed on this advise, via The Hollywood Reporter: “Don’t do it. It’s doomed. Michael Jordan was the biggest star on the planet.”

“When we did Space Jam, there was a perfect storm of players and ex-players available — Larry Bird, Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing,” Pytka added. “They all had a persona that complemented the film. There are none around like that now.”

Rumours reignited when James signed a major entertainment deal with Warner Bros in July 2015. Asked about the Space Jam 2 rumours by a fan on Twitter that month, James replied teasingly: “Maybe…….Guess we’ll just have to wait and see.”

James – a four times NBA MVP (Most Valuable Player) – earned rave reviews for his first significant acting role in Amy Schumer’s acclaimed comedy film Trainwreck, which was also released last July. James played a fictionalised and surprisingly stingy version of himself, co-starring alongside Schumer, Tilda Swinton, Saturday Night Live‘s Bill Hader and 21 Jump Street‘s Brie Larson.

As well as directing four of the Fast & Furious films, Justin Lin directed this year’s Star Trek Beyond, which hits cinemas on July 22.