Charlie Sheen Wants ‘Major League 4′; Corbin Bernsen Won’t Return [Updated]

Published 4 years ago by , Updated February 23rd, 2011 at 6:04 am,

major league wild thing Charlie Sheen Wants Major League 4; Corbin Bernsen Wont Return [Updated]
Update: David S. Ward has revealed that there’s a new version of the script which does include Corbin Bernsen’s character. Read below for details.

It’s been over a year since we first heard rumblings that Major League 4 could actually be moving forward. In June, David S. Ward (who directed the first and second Major League movies) confirmed that the project was definitely in development and that he was hoping to reunite the original cast for a story that would see them passing the torch to a younger group of players.

At the time, Ward had only spoken with Charlie Sheen – whose shooting schedule for Two-and-a-Half Men meant that the earliest they could start production on Major League 4 was later this year. Nevertheless, Sheen was said to be excited about reprising his role as Rick “Wild Thing” Vaughn.

Sheen recently called in to TMZ Live and revealed that he’s ready to officially jump on board the film, but that it’s up to the production company to pull the trigger. Evidently, there’s been a dispute over Sheen’s salary and he indicates that if they’re serious about him signing on for Major League 4, they’ll have to cough up the dough:

“Well you know I’d like to, but you might want to flood Morgan Creek with letters and an angry mob with burning torches because they don’t seem to think I’m as valuable as I do … Everyone’s on board but me, so it’s on them.”

Sheen’s involvement may currently be up in the air, but there’s another original cast member who definitely won’t be appearing in Major League 4. In another report from TMZ, they claim that Corbin Bernsen contacted the studio when he heard about the film and was told that his Roger Dorn character won’t be featured in the latest installment. His publicist states that they’re hopeful this might change:

“Corbin would LOVE to do another ‘Major League’ but it doesn’t look like he’s been written into the movie at this point. We’re hopeful he gets written in by the time it’s finalized though.”

major league cast Charlie Sheen Wants Major League 4; Corbin Bernsen Wont Return [Updated]

Corbin Bernsen's been benched for 'Major League 4'

Bernsen was one of the few original cast members to make an appearance in the third film, Major League: Back to the Minors – which would make Major League 4 the first in the series not to include him. I know he still has Psych to keep him busy, but that’s still a somewhat surprising snub – especially when the intention was supposedly to reunite as many of the original players as possible.

As for Sheen, I can’t see a new Major League movie going forward without him. He may not be the only recognizable face from the franchise, but he’s certainly the most well-known at this point. So the question is – will Sheen get the money he’s asking for or could this setback potentially send Major League 4 into development hell?

Sheen is currently earning somewhere around $2 million per episode of Two-and-a-Half Men, so I can only imagine what he’s demanding for this film. But even if you’re talking about banking on an audience’s nostalgia,  how strong is the Major League brand? We’re talking about a film that was a big hit back in 1989 and two abysmal sequels that strongly suggested this was territory not worth revisiting.

I realize Major League is remembered quite fondly, but this doesn’t seem like a franchise that still has the same pop-culture significance as something like Indiana Jones or Ghostbusters (a series which is currently in a similar situation). So how much money do you think the studio’s willing to put up for Major League 4 in the first place? If Sheen doesn’t budge, could that deflate their interest in the project?

UPDATE: Writer/Director David S. Ward spoke with THR and revealed that while Corbin Bernsen’s Roger Dorn character didn’t make an appearance in the original script, he has since written him into the film.

Source: TMZ and TMZ Live.

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  1. HUGE Major League fan but after the two sequels I’ve got almost no hope for this one and I won’t lose any sleep if it doesn’t happen.

  2. The second suffered from a PG-3 rating. Sequels to R rated movies that get toned down just suck, look at Be Cool, Young Guns 2. The second Pitch Black movie. All the Police Academy sequels, I could go on an on….

    • Young Guns 2 and Chronicles of Riddick were much better films then any of the Major League movies. Imo

      Being a baseball fan/player I never understood the hype over Major League. The jokes were lame and unfunny.
      The cocain damage is really starting to show with Sheen. He’s calling TMZ, man the guys lost it. I bet he’s asking for at least 15million.

      • Gotta disagree there 790, but. then again i hate PG-13 seques to R rated films.

  3. Maybe they don’t want him because he is a total F*** up.

  4. I thought that passing the torch to a younger generation was the whole point of Back to the Minors? Which I liked by the way. Besides Mr. Sheen needs to realize if they can recast Wesley Snipes character they can recast his as well.

    • Charlie Sheen was a bigger star than Wesley Snipes and still came back for the sequel. You can’t replace Wild Thing as easily as replacing the token black guy.

  5. hmmm

  6. Another one? Eesh. Unlike other franchises (like Indiana Jones and Ghostbuters mentioned above), there’s not exactly a lot of storytelling potential. The three movies were all pretty much the same (loveable underdogs struggle to prove their worth and win).

    And no Corbin Bernsen? Then I’d immediately take a pass on seeing it.

  7. Funniest part of Major League was Bob Yuker making the calls.

    The rest was lame.

  8. What happened to the dvd report today?

  9. Tired, unfunny, boring, and lame at best.
    I’d rather watch Charlie Sheen assault his agent for his crack stash on a reality show.

  10. Charlie Sheen is really showing his true egotistical side.

  11. what???? dude you guys dont know anything about movies if you dont like the major league movies so what does everything have to be rated R????? you go make a better movie ok? you probably couldn’t come close to ok.

  12. thank god there is even a chance for redemption for this franchise 2 wasnt as good as the first but still funny back to the minors was a big piece of crap if they can make this film with the original cast mainly Sheen and a R rating its going to be a hit there hasn’t been a funny off the wall baseball film since beer league and a good studio backed baseball comedy worth watching or seeing in a very long time

  13. I hope they do this. Sheen seems to be acting like his character these days. I hope to get Snipes back too. I would love to see a ML4. I really like the first one.

  14. A new Major League! Can’t wait… One of the funniest characters was Takahashi, oh, and I love the grounds crew, too… I wanna suggest a plot twist(possible future spin-off)
    Takahashi has a son who is not interested in Baseball; he loves Isshin Ryu and Karate. He enlists Vaughn to help convince him to play baseball, So Vaughn teaches how to pitch Wild Thing style. Young Takahashi uses Karate techniques to throw BLAZING. FAST. BALLS. He signed immediately, you know, to pitch. F’kin’ Ducks.

  15. I really hope that Major League 4 gets made! The first two films from the franchise were great. The second one was almost as good as the first. And there’s no reason for Major League 4 to be rated R. We don’t need to hear constant F-words, genital jokes or see a bunch of guys bare-back-sides. Those things add nothing good to the films.
    By the way: Any updates on the films status? Is it going to be made?

  16. Please explain how Major League II was an “abysmal sequel”?