Space Jam Director Joe Pytka BASHES Space Jam: A New Legacy: ‘The Truth Is LeBron Isn’t Michael’

Space Jam Director Joe Pytka BASHES Space Jam: A New Legacy: ‘The Truth Is LeBron Isn’t Michael’

Warner Bros.’ Space Jam: A New Legacy made a solid debut at the box office last weekend with $31 million, although one filmmaker isn’t too happy about it: original Space Jam director Joe Pytka.

The 82-year-old commercial directing legend, who directed the 1992 Super Bowl commercial called Hare Jordan, which led him to direct Space Jam four years later, spoke to TMZ about the sequel on Wednesday.

Pytka revealed that he was so bored with the film that it took him five separate sittings to get through the 115-minute film.

Not Happy: Warner Bros.’ Space Jam: A New Legacy made a solid debut at the box office last weekend with $31 million, although one filmmaker isn’t too happy about it: original Space Jam director Joe Pytka.

Bored: Pytka revealed that he was so bored with the film that it took him five separate sittings to get through the 115-minute film

Bored: Pytka revealed that he was so bored with the film that it took him five separate sittings to get through the 115-minute film

Pytka directed the 1992 Hare Jordan commercial, which showed that the cartoon character Bugs Bunny was still relevant and popular.

Warner Bros. began developing the film that dealt with Michael Jordan’s sudden retirement from basketball to pursue a career in baseball, and built a story about the Looney Tunes recruiting MJ from retirement to win a big game.

This new film Space Jam: A New Legacy centers on LeBron James, who must team up with Bugs Bunny to get his kidnapped son back.

Bugs and MJ: Pytka directed the 1992 Hare Jordan commercial, which showed that the cartoon character Bugs Bunny was still relevant and popular

Bugs and MJ: Pytka directed the 1992 Hare Jordan commercial, which showed that the cartoon character Bugs Bunny was still relevant and popular

Pytka said he has no real issues with James, he said he’s an incredible athlete and a great actor, yet he doesn’t hold a candle to Jordan.

“The truth is, LeBron isn’t Michael,” Pytka said bluntly, adding that Jordan was the “biggest celebrity in the world” when they made Space Jam.

The director added that his film had a personal connection to Jordan when he retired from basketball, which he says is lacking in A New Legacy.

Jordan: Pytka said he has no real issues with James, he says he's an incredible athlete and a great actor, yet he doesn't hold a candle to Jordan

Jordan: Pytka said he has no real issues with James, he says he’s an incredible athlete and a great actor, yet he doesn’t hold a candle to Jordan

He went on to state that the supporting cast surrounding MJ and the cartoon characters was much better than this sequel, such as Bill Murray, Wayne Knight, and other real-life NBA stars such as Charles Barkley and Patrick Ewing.

Pytka said he “can’t even remember” what the supporting cast of Space Jam: A New Legacy did, including current NBA stars Anthony Davis and Damian Lillard.

He also called the soundtrack of the new film “insignificant”, while he considers the original soundtrack a classic.

Soundtrack: He also called the new movie's soundtrack

Soundtrack: He also called the new movie’s soundtrack “insignificant” while thinking the original soundtrack is a classic

His biggest problem with the new film is how they handled Bugs Bunny, which he called “heartbreaking.”

Pytka said the new version “looked like one of those fluffy dolls you buy at an airport gift shop to take your kid with if your business trip is too long.”

Space Jam earned $90.4 million domestically and $230.4 million worldwide during its theatrical run in 1996.

Original: Space Jam made $90.4 million domestically and $230.4 million worldwide during its theatrical run in 1996

Original: Space Jam made $90.4 million domestically and $230.4 million worldwide during its theatrical run in 1996

New version: Pytka said the new version

New version: Pytka said the new version “looked like one of those fluffy dolls you buy in an airport gift shop to take your kid with if your business trip is too long.”

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