Barkley has gone on record in the past expressing his disdain for the upcoming sequel. As a part of the original cast, Barkley hailed the movie as a "classic" and stated that LeBron James' version would be an attempt to "imitate something that was already good." While time can change a lot of things, it hasn't swayed the way Barkley feels about the forthcoming film.
"Not at all," Barkley said when asked if he's now a Space Jam 2 supporter Monday's NBA Awards. ET's Deidre Behar then went on to inquire if critically acclaimed director Ryan Coogler signing on to be a producer makes the project more enticing.
"Well, listen, I don’t care," he responded. "Space Jam 1 was amazing. We don’t need 2."
Although he's a respected NBA Hall of Famer, Barkley's opinion is the least of the film's worries. Ever since James' SpringHill Entertainment company inked a deal with Warner Bros. to produce the sequel, they have scrambling to find other NBA players to star alongside James. LeBron's deep relationship with Nike ruled out a host of names including Adidas athlete James Harden, while personal conflicts kept players like Steph Curry, Kevin Durant, and NBA MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo from participating. Despite this, James appeared to have put together a suitable squad as the movie has now started production.
Klay Thompson, Anthony Davis, Damian Lillard, Diana Taurasi and Nneka Ogwumike are all set to appear.