Nostalgia alert! You may have thought the game was over for The Sandlot, but it seems the bases are still fully loaded. News of a prequel broke last summer as the iconic movie turned 25 and now we can expect a TV series as well!
David Mickey Evans, who directed and cowrote the 1993 piece of pop culture gold, said in an interview with baseball podcast “The Rain Delay” (via The Hollywood Reporter) that he “just sold” a TV show based on the film and that they already have “an order for the first two seasons.” While he won’t reveal where, he teased that “it doesn’t take a genius” to figure out which streaming service hit this home run.
As for what we might expect from the plot, Evans teased: “I already got all the original cast members back. It takes place in 1984, when they’re all, like, 33 years old and they all have children of their own, and that’s all I can tell you.”
For those of you who need a refresher, The Sandlot was set in 1962 and centered around a boy named Scottie Smalls (Tom Guiry). The newcomer befriends a group of kids who play baseball in the neighborhood sandlot and, after losing his dad’s Babe Ruth-signed baseball, takes it upon himself to venture into the backyard belonging to The Beast, a large English Mastiff that has become an urban legend among the kids.
The rest of the cast includes: Brandon Quintin Adams (Kenny DeNunez), Victor DiMattia (Timmy Timmons), Grant Gelt (Bertram Grover Weeks), Chauncey Leopardi (Michael “Squints” Palledorous), Shane Obedzinski (Tommy “Repeat” Timmons), Patrick Renna (Hamilton “Ham” Porter) and Marty York (Alan “Yeah-Yeah” McClennan). The direct-to-video sequel from 2005, also directed and written by Evans, featured a different cast — with only James Earl Jones returning from the original. Yet another sequel, this time starring the late actor Luke Perry, came in 2007.
As for the prequel, Twentieth Century Fox is working on that one with Evans returning to cowrite.