The idea of a Major League 4 is almost a year old, but Major League writer/director David S. Ward is finally discussing the project, which is in development. He wants to reunite as much of the original cast as possible in order to hand over the reigns to a younger crew of Major League misfits.
The original Major League released in 1989 and remains, by far, the best of the trilogy. With each subsequent attempt at baseball humor, the creators got farther and farther away from actual comedy. Major League III: Back to the Minors is so ridiculously bad that it should be stricken from the record like a Barry Bonds home run.
Ward, who wrote and directed Major League, is persistent in his attempt to reunite the original cast and destroy all memory of Major League III. Those key members include Tom Berenger, Corbin Bernsen, Wesley Snipes and Charlie Sheen. Sheen is the only actor Ward has spoken to directly.
“He’s excited to do it if and when it happens. But he can’t shoot it this year, because he’s back doing Two-and-a-Half Men, but we could potentially shoot it next year – in his hiatus from the show.”
Ward also discussed the concept behind the film. I’m not too sure what to make of it, because Scream 4 is doing the exact same thing. Ironically, both trilogies ran a similar course of disintegration.
“We’re actually talking about doing one right now. I’ve written, what I see, as Major League 3. We’re putting that together as we speak – in fact, next week I’m off to talk to James Robinson at Morgan Creek about it.”
“It’s 20 years later, and Wild Thing comes out of retirement to work with this 19-year-old player. We’ve actually got three new characters in the new film. And if the new film is popular, they could carry the franchise on.”
Essentially, this is Indiana Jones 4 meets Rookie of the Year. I want this to work out, but remain very skeptical. Major League is yet another staple of my childhood that Hollywood is desperately trying to milk. But even box office milk has an expiration date.
There is hope if Ward can bring back Rick Vaughn (Sheen), Jake Taylor (Berenger), Willie Mays Hayes (Snipes) and Roger Dorn (Bernsen). But all four of the actors who portrayed the hilarious bunch are in the twilight of their careers and may be unwilling to subject themselves to self-parody.
At the least, they need to add Pedro Cerrano (Dennis Haysbert) to the call list. He may be busy filming Allstate commercials, but Cerrano was just as integral to the first film as anybody else.
The rate of success for ’80s remakes is slim, but it has happened. The reuniting of the original crew provides a glimmer of promise to this production, but it will really come down to the young stars of the film. If they can produce original comedy in a genre (sports comedy) that is dead and gone, then you won’t be hearing any complaints from me.
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