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Monday, February 03, 2014

Of All People, Bob Uecker Claims That ‘Major League IV’ Is In The Works

Wesley Snipes could use the work.

“I’ll be honest with you, they’re talking about it,” Uecker said, according to Milwaukee Brewers beat writer Adam McCalvy. “The storyline is all set, too. They’ve already asked me if I would be in for ‘Major League IV,’ and I told them I would.

“I’ve talked to the directors. They’re talking about it and they’re pretty serious, but that’s all I can tell you, really. If there was more, I would tell you that, too. They have been talking about it for the last year-plus. As a matter of fact, they called me during the season last year and asked me if I would be in.” (Via Fox Sports)

The important question remains – can we please pretend like Major League: Back to the Minors never happened?

“’Major League III’ stunk, so ‘Major League IV’ I’m sure is going to be better than ‘Major League III,’ which they sold to a different company,” Uecker said. “That thing was on airplanes the day after we finished it.”

RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 03, 2014 at 10:57 PM | 31 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: baseball in film, bob uecker, brewers, indians, just a bit outside, major league movie

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   1. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: February 03, 2014 at 11:42 PM (#4651184)
The movie needs a IV--but I don't know if it should be phenobarb or propofol.

(as long as it dies a peaceful death)
   2. Rennie's Tenet Posted: February 04, 2014 at 12:24 AM (#4651197)
It should be about the new Havana expansion franchise.
   3. Justin T., Director of Somethin Posted: February 04, 2014 at 12:57 AM (#4651200)
What's with the "of all people"? Of all people who might say this, who would expect it to be someone who's been in the movies?!?

If it was Rob Ford, I could see it.
   4. Dale Sams Posted: February 04, 2014 at 02:19 AM (#4651214)
Maybe Wesley Snipes can do a cameo joke about the Federal Penal League.
   5. Gonfalon Bubble Posted: February 04, 2014 at 03:32 AM (#4651222)
"I must be straight to video-o-o-o."
   6. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: February 04, 2014 at 09:00 AM (#4651234)
Charlie Sheen gotta eat.
   7. zonk Posted: February 04, 2014 at 09:12 AM (#4651238)
A washed up team replete with guys whose best feels like it was 20 years ago?

Is Uecker sure he wasn't just reading a Phillies 2014 season preview?
   8. AROM Posted: February 04, 2014 at 09:58 AM (#4651266)
I think this could be done, but whether it's done right is the question.

Rick Vaughn should return, hanging on with an 82 MPH fastball, an assortment of junk, and plenty of foreign substances to apply. He's evolved from flame thrower to the Eddie Harris role. Jake Taylor can still be the manager. You might find a role for Willie Mays Hayes. For the most part though you'll need a new cast.
   9. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: February 04, 2014 at 10:14 AM (#4651271)
I think this could be done, but whether it's done right is the question.

Rick Vaughn should return, hanging on with an 82 MPH fastball, an assortment of junk, and plenty of foreign substances to apply. He's evolved from flame thrower to the Eddie Harris role. Jake Taylor can still be the manager. You might find a role for Willie Mays Hayes. For the most part though you'll need a new cast.


Yeah, it needs to be more of a reboot than a sequel. Same universe 20+ years on it can be pretty interesting. Roger Dorn's son is the A-Rod character.
   10. Bourbon Samurai Posted: February 04, 2014 at 10:40 AM (#4651299)
I like all these ideas.
   11. Hang down your head, Tom Foley Posted: February 04, 2014 at 10:52 AM (#4651307)
Lou Brown's got a guy on the other line asking about some white walls in heaven.
   12. PreservedFish Posted: February 04, 2014 at 11:01 AM (#4651319)
Screw this, you guys are being too realistic.

The present day Cleveland Indians are the best team in the league and are in the World Series, on the verge of clinching with a 3-2 lead. The original Major League team, which sadly fell short of the world series, will be honored prior to the first pitch of Game 6. However, that morning the team bus explodes, hilariously killing everyone on the team except for team MVP Shia LeBeouf, who is late to the game because he's sleeping with Roger Dorn's hot daughter, played by some girl from Glee or Disney Musical or some ####. The commissioner decides that, yes, the only reasonable thing to do is to allow the 1989 Cleveland Indians (+ LeBeouf) to take the field in their place. The first game is a laugher, they get bet 22-1, bringing all of the old petty arguments back to the fore. But they band together and win the final game. (No matter that several of these players will be over 60.)
   13. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 04, 2014 at 11:03 AM (#4651320)
Rick Vaughn should return, hanging on with an 82 MPH fastball, an assortment of junk, and plenty of foreign substances to apply.


He is offered PEDs and is tempted, but throws them away, bellowing "I'm not going to put harmful substances in my body. The only drugs I take are speed, greenies, pot, crack, coke, 8-ball, LSD, Molly, barbituates, uppers, downers, sidewaysers, flying dragons, Mr. Magoo's Wild Ride, tallywhackers, ballbusters, Venus Fly Traps, and Flintstone vitamins."
   14. cardsfanboy Posted: February 04, 2014 at 11:10 AM (#4651324)
BoB Uecker was at the baseball writers dinner in St Louis about 2 weeks ago (they were honoring the 1964 Cardinals) and he pretty much said Major League 3 sucked. Thought it was a nice candid moment. He was one of the funniest guys there, him and McCarver were having a good old time (they had a panel of McCarver, Gibson, Shannon, Uecker and Groat just telling old timey stories.)

   15. AROM Posted: February 04, 2014 at 12:35 PM (#4651403)
#13 - that's the essence of Rick Vaughn. Though Charlie Sheen actually did try steroids while playing the character, hoping to improve his fastball.
   16. jingoist Posted: February 04, 2014 at 12:55 PM (#4651416)
Maybe Cerrano can work out a deal between the movie's backers and Allstate so that everyone's covered should this bomb day 1 at the box office.
Do you think they'll have a cardboard show-girl cutout of a 64 year old Margaret Whitton in this film?
   17. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: February 04, 2014 at 01:13 PM (#4651432)
GRITTY REBOOT ONE TIME ONE TIME!
   18. winnipegwhip Posted: February 04, 2014 at 02:16 PM (#4651471)
The present day Cleveland Indians are the best team in the league and are in the World Series, on the verge of clinching with a 3-2 lead. The original Major League team, which sadly fell short of the world series, will be honored prior to the first pitch of Game 6. However, that morning the team bus explodes, hilariously killing everyone on the team except for team MVP Shia LeBeouf, who is late to the game because he's sleeping with Roger Dorn's hot daughter, played by some girl from Glee or Disney Musical or some ####. The commissioner decides that, yes, the only reasonable thing to do is to allow the 1989 Cleveland Indians (+ LeBeouf) to take the field in their place. The first game is a laugher, they get bet 22-1, bringing all of the old petty arguments back to the fore. But they band together and win the final game. (No matter that several of these players will be over 60.)


An injury during game seven and appeals for a catcher brings Harry Doyle out of the broadcasters booth in the sixth inning.
He strikes out with the bases loaded but leads off the ninth by going with a pitch "just a bit outside" over the fence. He rounds the bases like Maz, but unlike Maz waving his helmet, Harry is carrying a bottle of JD.
   19. Don Geovany Soto (chris h.) Posted: February 04, 2014 at 02:54 PM (#4651496)
The present day Cleveland Indians are the best team in the league and are in the World Series, on the verge of clinching with a 3-2 lead. The original Major League team, which sadly fell short of the world series, will be honored prior to the first pitch of Game 6. However, that morning the team bus explodes, hilariously killing everyone on the team except for team MVP Shia LeBeouf, who is late to the game because he's sleeping with Roger Dorn's hot daughter, played by some girl from Glee or Disney Musical or some ####. The commissioner decides that, yes, the only reasonable thing to do is to allow the 1989 Cleveland Indians (+ LeBeouf) to take the field in their place. The first game is a laugher, they get bet 22-1, bringing all of the old petty arguments back to the fore. But they band together and win the final game. (No matter that several of these players will be over 60.)


This is both awesome and horrifying at the same time (horrifying because it seems all to likely that, soon or later, something like this will actually get filmed).
   20. ryanvooris Posted: February 04, 2014 at 02:56 PM (#4651497)
Please make this happen.
   21. Never Give an Inge (Dave) Posted: February 04, 2014 at 03:36 PM (#4651534)

Wesley Snipes could use the work.

I wonder if any film series has switched actors for a character in a sequel and then switched back to the original actor.
   22. jobu Posted: February 04, 2014 at 03:56 PM (#4651549)
Wesley Snipes could use the work.

I wonder if any film series has switched actors for a character in a sequel and then switched back to the original actor.


Sean Connery came back and played Bond after David Niven and George Lazenby, and again after Roger Moore in "Never Say Never Again," which I guess was a rogue production. You could debate whether Bond films are truly sequels.

The TV show "Roseanne" switched from the original Becky to a new Becky for 5 years, then back to original strength, then confusingly between the 2.
   23. cardsfanboy Posted: February 04, 2014 at 04:43 PM (#4651582)
I wonder if any film series has switched actors for a character in a sequel and then switched back to the original actor


They are making a Dumber and Dumber sequel with the original actors...although the first sequel was really a prequel so I guess that doesn't qualify.


   24. valuearbitrageur Posted: February 04, 2014 at 05:02 PM (#4651601)
Rick Vaughn needs to show up with a different hooker on his arm for each game.
   25. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 04, 2014 at 05:25 PM (#4651623)
Donna Reed played Miss Ellie on "Dallas" for one season before they switched back to the original actress.
   26. zonk Posted: February 04, 2014 at 05:40 PM (#4651640)

The TV show "Roseanne" switched from the original Becky to a new Becky for 5 years, then back to original strength, then confusingly between the 2.


They shoulda just called her cousin Vance/Coy for a while...
   27. Dock Ellis on Acid Posted: February 04, 2014 at 05:48 PM (#4651648)
I remember reading a couple years ago that a new Major League was being developed with a script by original writer David Ward, only Charlie Sheen jeopardized the entire thing when he went batshit.

Ward won an Oscar for The Sting, and was nominated for Sleepless in Seattle. He directed the second Major League but was not credited with writing the screenplay. If he indeed has written a new sequel and the studio doesn't make it go through a million writers, I don't see why it can't be good. I think a pretty good movie could be made of the characters later in their career; Rick Vaughn hanging around and Willie May Hayes had the skill set to age gracefully, but 25 years is pushing it.

Also the original still holds up. I watched it about a week ago and still find new things to laugh about it.
   28. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 04, 2014 at 05:55 PM (#4651654)
I've never read this before, even though it came out a few years ago, but this oral history of "Major League" is fantastic.

I've written a new Major League sequel. It's more than 20 years later, and Wild Thing is out of baseball. It's about him coming back.
   29. God Posted: February 04, 2014 at 05:55 PM (#4651656)
I'd rather see a sequel to Bull Durham than Major League, I think. It's 25 years later. Crash Davis is managing the Durham Bulls. Shortly after the first movie, Annie left him for Nuke, who became a big major league star. Now in the present day, Ebby Calvin LaLoosh Jr. is a number one draft pick with the maturity level of, say, Matt Bush. He gets sent to Durham so Crash Davis can teach him a thing or two. Junior's parents come to town to watch him pitch, Nuke and Crash clash over whose coaching Junior should follow. Hilarity and various love triangles ensue.
   30. AROM Posted: February 04, 2014 at 05:56 PM (#4651658)
Rick Vaughn hanging around and Willie May Hayes had the skill set to age gracefully, but 25 years is pushing it.


They don't have to be 25 years older in the story though, they can call it 15 and pretend Vaughn and Hayes are in their early 40's. Snipes is 51, Sheen is 48, but they both look younger than Chelcie Ross did in 1989, when he was 47.
   31. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: February 04, 2014 at 06:04 PM (#4651662)

I'd rather see a sequel to Bull Durham than Major League, I think.


There was talk that might happen too, but I don't know if the deal fell apart or what.

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