Being from Cleveland, my knowledge of disappointment with professional sports teams knows no limit. And as Lebron James plans his escape from the Mistake by the Lake, I’m once again reminded of childhood days — being emotionally crushed as my hometown teams took it on the chin year after year. The cinematic representation of this trend was the very funny (and sadly, honest) Major League franchise.
I’m referring to the first two films, of course. That third film has nothing to do with this.
This being the news that a fourth Major League film is in the works. This according to a Moviehole interview with writer/director David S. Ward. “We’re actually talking about doing one right now,” says the man responsible for the 1989 film. “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.”
He explains the story as a return to the world of the Cleveland Indians, and a return to many of the first two films’ familiar faces: “It’s 20 years later, and Wild Thing comes out of retirement to work with this 19-year-old player”, Ward says of the storyline. “We’ve actually got three new characters in the new film. And if the new film is popular, they could carry the franchise on.”
And while he’s only spoken to Charlie Sheen about returning, Ward also hopes to see the likes of Tom Berenger, Corbin Bernsen and Wesley Snipes return to their original roles. That’s probably the most exciting thing about this notion — save for the addition of Margaret Whitton’s return as club owner Rachel Phelps and Dennis Haysbert’s return as Pedro Cerrano.
In short, I’m all for it. Even though it further exploits the depressing nature of Cleveland professional sports, the Major League films (again, the first two) were very funny. And seeing original members of the team return to their roles to usher in a new era is a lovely idea. And lets face it — all of the names I’ve mentioned above could use some solid work. With the exception of Sheen. But given his revolving legal troubles, he could use something big to keep defer people’s attention back to his acting.