Update! It’s a belated update, but an update none-the-less! A contact at Paramount tells us that they’ve decided not to move forward with another “Major League” film. They’re more interested in “action” at the moment than sports comedies.
The Cleveland Indians are forfeiting this one!
Ah, “Major League” – David S.Ward’s timeless sporting comedy about a group of slacker underdog baseball players, the Cleveland Indians, who go on to win the World Series – much to the surprise of anyone and everyone, including their most stringent fans, but mainly, their new manager (Margaret Whitton) who is not-so-secretly â€˜hoping’ they’ll lose for her own personal gain.
Still remember going to see “Major League” at the cinema. It was 1989 – or going on 1990 – and it was one of three films screening in a Sunday night Triple Feature (I remember it being a Triple because I was annoyed that I was late for the first film); the other two films being â€˜’The Abyss” (the film I missed half-of) and Skin Deep (The John Ritter thing). Much to my surprise – I assumed it to be no more than your middle-of-the-road baseball comedy; at that time, only Kevin Costner could do successful baseball movies – “Major League” was the highlight of the night (Do I need remind you I missed the first half of Jim Cameron’s “The Abyss”?). It was such a good time movie. I don’t remember laughing, clapping, and yahooing so much through a movie since.
And for anyone that also saw the movie at a theater – you know exactly what I mean, don’t you!? I mean, remember the thunderous applause and synchronized singing that happened throughout the auditorium when Charlie Sheen’s character walked out to the sound of â€˜Wild Things’ near the end of the film? Truly one of the best moments… ever… on film.
It’s funny, I was watching “Major League” on Blu-Ray last week and the thought did cross my mind : I wonder whether they’ll do another? or… god forbid… reboot it?
Seems I was caught in the middle of a mindmeld with a green-eyed exec.
Various readers – all assumingly attendees of the event – tell us that baseball legend, and the lungs behind “Major League” commentator Harry Doyle, Bob Uecker, sang the 7th inning stretch at Wrigley stadium last week, and later retired to the box where he proceeded to chat up the game, but also his involvement in the “Major League” films. Uecker confirmed that a “Major League 4″ is in the works. He’s apparently had contact from the creative team behind the first three films. And apparently it’s not the first time Uecker has mentioned it in recent weeks.
And that’s about all we’ve got to go on at the moment. If it’s happening, which it sounds like it is, I can only assume – based on the stock involved – that it’ll be a direct-to-DVD project.. which is just fine because most of the original cast, like Tom Berenger and Corbin Bernsen, spend most of their time on the bottom shelf at Blockbuster anyway. Can only imagine both those guys would’ve already been contacted. The only cast member I’d say the producers might have a hard time convincing is Charlie Sheen. Maybe Dennis Haysbert too. Be a pisser if they got Wesley Snipes back – whose no longer the big star he was in the early 90s; you’ll recall he passed on reprising his role in “Major League II” because of his then megastardom (Omar Epps replaced him).
The last “Major League” flick was the 1998’s “Major League : Back to the Minors” starring Scott Bakula and Corbin Bernsen. The poorly-received sequel, about an ageing minor league pitcher recruited by Roger Dorn to be the manager of the South Carolina buzz, pocketed only a few million dollars in its initial box-office run. By comparison, the original 1989 film walked away with near $50 million. Quite a sum for the 90s.