Charlie Sheen wants to play Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn again. The actor, who hasn’t starred in a movie since 2012 and probably doesn’t have to make another film again after Two and a Half Men, has been talking about Major League 3 since last year. The original movie’s writer/director, David S. Ward, has a finished script most of the original cast is game to come back for, according to Sheen.
Below, find out what another Major League sequel would be about.
Sheen recently told TMZ another Major League is what he’s “primarily focused on” at the moment. Sheen called it Major League 3, but that was technically Major League: Back to the Minors, which starred Scott Bakula and Walton Goggins. It’s not particularly memorable though. Sheen said the original cast would return, except James Gammon, who passed away in 2010.
The sequel is a “passing of the torch” story, with Vaughn long retired and now selling cars. Last year, Sheen gave a rundown of the story to The Hollywood Reporter:
You find the Vaughn character selling cars and his arm is so shot that if you buy a car from him, he’ll play catch with your kid in the parking lot. And then there is an ex who shows up, who he had a tryst with a couple decades ago, and she has a twentysomething kid, who is now in the Cleveland organization, throwing about 102 mph. So, the story pretty much focuses on that. The kid does not like me. We do not like each other. It bookends our story, but it also passes the torch.
Sheen told TMZ they just need somebody to sign a check, but it might be more complicated than that unless there’s been some resolution with the rights. Morgan Creek owns the property, and the last time the actor checked in with them, they didn’t want to make the movie:
I would love to do it with Morgan Creek, who owns the rights, but if they don’t want to do it, then I am sure there is a way that they could be involved and everybody wins. The script that we’ve all been sitting on is pure gold and absolutely shootable. It’s David Ward at his best. I mean, this is the guy who won the Oscar for writing The Sting. We could be in preproduction tomorrow.
Ward hasn’t directed a film since 1996’s Down Periscope, which was two years after he directed Sheen in Major League II. For good reason, Sheen wasn’t particularly proud of that sequel, which replaced Wesley Snipes with Omar Epps in the role of Willie May Hays. It paled in comparison to the first movie – lacking the laughs, excitement, and grand finale. The cast was magic in the first movie, but they didn’t click as well in the sequel with less to do. Another Major League probably isn’t high up on many people’s must-see sequel list, but another Major League starring the original cast is more enticing than an inevitable remake.
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