the 25th anniversary of “Major League” has whet your appetite for more, then here’s good news: A new “Major League” script is written, and many of the principal people involved in the original want to make a modern sequel.If
This notion has been floating around for a few years, but David S. Ward, who wrote and directed the original, told Big League Stew recently that he’s ready to pursue making the movie. Many of the actors, including Charlie Sheen, are on board too. The film just needs financing.
"We'd love to get 'Major League 3' done," Ward says.
That’s not him misspeaking. He’s talking about a fourth movie in the series. He just calls it “Major League 3” because “Major League: Back to the Minors” doesn’t exist in his mind because it’s such an atrocity.
There have been a few stories recently about the potential for a new “Major League,” with actors talking about what they’ve heard about the movie. But Ward himself shared a number of details with The Stew about the plot and potential cast.
The new “Major League” would take place at least 10 years after “Major League 2.” Jake Taylor is still the manager of the Indians. Pedro Cerrano and Willie Mays Hayes have joined his coaching staff. Roger Dorn is involved with the team too.
The point of this movie, Ward says, is watching the Indians play in the World Series, since that’s yet to happen in a “Major League” film.
Rick Vaughn has been out of baseball for a couple years. He quit after giving up a walk-off homer in the seventh game of the World Series, but the Indians are trying to lure him back as a setup man.
They want him to mentor their new closer, a 19-year-old who throws 99 mph. And, surprise, he’s Vaughn’s son that he didn’t know he had. The son, however, grew up not knowing who his father was and resents him. He’s an anti-Wild Thing, smart and analytical, but he won’t listen to direction.
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”It’s him having to deal with a son who can’t stand him,” Ward says. “When he sees him and sees the mother of his son again, he realized that she’s the one who got away.”
Meanwhile, the movie would introduce two more young players. One is a flamboyant outfielder that Ward says would be a Yasiel Puig-type player. Keeping with the modern updates, he says Rachel Phelps’ daughter is involved with the Indians and “it’s like Kim Kardashian running the Indians.”
Among those who have confirmed they want to be in a new “Major League” movie are Sheen, Corbin Bernsen, Dennis Haysbert, Tom Berenger and Bob Uecker. Ward says he would try to get Wesley Snipes to return too. (He wasn’t in “Major League II;” Omar Epps played Hayes.)
“The second one was more about the jokes,” Ward says. “Less about the emotion. I think that’s why it’s not regarded as well as the first one. The third one, we’re hoping to get back an emotional core.”
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