The latest news surrounding the Major League movie franchise will certainly get mixed reactions.
Legendary broadcaster Bob Uecker revealed that there have been discussions about making Major League IV.
The Brewers play-by-play announcer, who played announcer Harry Doyle in the series, said that the storyline is already set, but no official decision has been made yet, via MLB.com's Adam McCalvy:
I’ll be honest with you, they’re talking about it. 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.
Major League is one of the greatest sports movies ever made. It has been 25 years since the classic film was released, which may make it tough to duplicate the success of the original.
Well, Major League II was decent, but Major League: Back to the Minors—released in 1998—was a disaster. Not even Uecker could defend the third movie, per Ricky Doyle of NESN.com:
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. That thing was on airplanes the day after we finished it.
Many fans would welcome the return of Doyle, Ricky "Wild Thing" Vaughn and other characters, such as Willie Mays Hayes. However, it's unclear who all would be involved in the latest installment.
Cleveland Indians fans should be thrilled. Their team has suffered more heartbreak—most recently losing the 2007 ALCS—since Major League was released. Another movie would at least give the Indians faithful some satisfaction.
Some people will welcome another sequel, but others may be turned off after the third movie flopped. Now we all must wait and see whether the talks amount to anything.
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