This month marked the 20th anniversary of the movie Space Jam – one of those movies that send a million twentysomethings down nostalgia lane to chow down on some delicious memberberries.
And with it being the 20 year anniversary of the cartoon basketball classic, the film’s director, Joe Pytka has been making the media rounds to discuss the landmark. He says he’s still surprised, 20 years later, with the cult classics continued success. Pytka says he’s even more surprised that there might be a sequel in the works with LeBron James taking over from Michael Jordan.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) 2 May 2016
“I think it’s ridiculous to try and make a different movie out of it,” Pytka told Entertainment Weekly. “I can’t see it. I can’t imagine how it could be what that film was.”
He also addressed LeBron or fellow NBA star Stephen Curry replacing the master of the shooting guard in a sequel:
“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.”
Okay, pretty equivocal. For what it’s worth I think he’s right. You just can’t replace His Airness. Although it has allowed people to throw their two cence into the hat about what the plot could be:
Space Jam 2 plot idea:
LeBron James can't win with his hometown Looney Tunes, so he joins up with the Monstars to win his 1st championship.
— Eric Rosenthal (@ericsports) May 2, 2016
Space Jam 2 should be a prequel. Maybe a gritty origin story about the boss alien and his planet… I'M KIDDING, HOLLYWOOD. DON'T YOU DARE.
— Alex Kennedy (@AlexKennedyNBA) May 2, 2016
But, what about a sequel involving Michael Jordan and…Tiger Woods? Well, that idea was once apparently on the table.
“At one point a long time back, I was called in to look at a script for Space Jam 2 and Tiger Woods was written into that,” Pytka told Complex. “It never came to be. It was a strange script. But Tiger was part of it.”
Ho-lee-shit. Now that’s something I’d have paid good money to see.
In another interview with Mr Wavvy, Pytka brought up the scrapped sequel involving Woods again. (starts at 23:07)
“Michael had a very small part, and Tiger Woods was involved in it as well,” Pytka said. “But it never went anywhere. I told them I didn’t like the idea.”
God damn it Joe, we get Step Up 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 and so on until we run out of numbers, but because of you we don’t get Space Jam 2 with Michael Jordan and TIGER WOODS?!
Alas, it was never to be. Besides, some things are best left to the imagination, because there, we can make them better than they ever could be in real life. They say never meet your heroes, so maybe Space Jam 2 with Tiger Woods is better left where it remains untainted by the constraints of reality.