It was just yesterday that we shared the news with you guys that filming has begun on Space Jam 2 starring LeBron James. And today we have word that original Space Jam star Charles Barkley isn't a fan of the idea of the upcoming sequel. The basketball legend spoke his peace at the 2019 NBA Awards on Monday night when he was asked if he was interested in the upcoming live-action/animation sequel, he said this.
"Not at all. Well, listen, I don't care. Space Jam 1 was amazing. We don't need 2."
This quote seems to be keeping with what Charles Barkley said last year at the same event, where he said this.
"Space Jam 1 was a classic. I don't like when people try to imitate something that was already good."
For those who didn't grow up in the '90s, the original Space Jam starred superstar Michael Jordan as himself, who joins forces with Bugs Bunny and the rest of the Looney Tunes to win an intergalactic basketball game. This "Space Jam" as they call it comes about when an evil alien theme park owner voiced by Danny DeVito (stick with me here, this is, after all, a kid's movie we're talking about here) needs a new attraction for his place and sends a gang of tiny aliens to kidnap Bugs Bunny and the Looney Tunes. In an effort to get out of the kidnapping, Bugs challenges these little aliens to a game of basketball thinking he will win hands-down. But then the little aliens go and steal the powers of NBA basketball players, including Larry Bird and Charles Barkley, and Bugs and the rest of the Looney Tunes are basically screwed. Enter Michael Jordan.
So, yeah, that's what the original Space Jam is about. I can only venture to imagine that Space Jam 2 will follow basically the same plot. But I guess we'll see. Joe Pytka directed the original film from a screenplay written by Leo Benvenuti, Steve Rudnick, Timothy Harris, and Herschel Weingrod. Ivan Reitman produced the movie along with Joe Medjuck and Daniel Goldberg.
The flick starred Michael Jordan as himself, Wayne Knight as Stan Podolak, Theresa Randle as Michael's wife, Bill Murray as himself, Thom Barry as Michael's father, and Penny Bae Bridges as Michael's daughter. It also featured NBA stars such as the above-mentioned Larry Bird and Charles Barkley whose talent is stolen by the little aliens. They are joined by Philadelphia 76ers center, Shawn Bradley, whose talent is stolen by Blanko, New York Knicks center, Patrick Ewing, whose talent is stolen by Bang, Charlotte Hornets power forward, Larry Johnson, whose talent is stolen by Bupkus, and Hornets point guard Muggsy Bogues, whose talent is stolen by Nawt.
Other NBA players provided cameos in the movie such as Danny Ainge, Steve Kerr, Alonzo Mourning, Horace Grant, A.C. Green, Scottie Pippen, Charles Oakley, Luc Longley, Cedric Ceballos, Derek Harper, Vlade Divac, Brian Shaw, Jeff Malone, Bill Wennington, Anthony Miller, and Sharone Wright. Plus coaches such as Del Harris and Paul Westphal, and broadcasters such as Ahmad Rashad and Jim Rome. Space Jam 2 is set for release on July 16, 2021. This story comes to us via Entertainment Tonight.