Charlie Sheen Wants Back into the Major Leagues
Posted 02.23.11 by Ryan
During the midst of a personal shame spiral that has included drunken, naked hotel rampages, asking porn stars to babysit, checking into rehab, and ultimately admitting that sobriety "bores" him, Charlie Sheen is going back to work on his TV show Two and Half Men and wants to get back on the big screen as well. Sheen told TMZ, otherwise known as the "Charlie Sheen News Network", that he is doing "everything in his power" to get a greenlight for another Major League sequel.
While Sheen appeared in the first sequel, 1994's Major League II, Sheen did not appear in the third installment, 1998's Major League: Back to the Minors, which Sheen classily referred to as "an abortion." Therefore, the proposed sequel would be known as Major League 3.
While Sheen's Major League hopes could be misinterpreted as another cocaine-fueled rant, David S. Ward, the writer/director of the first Major League and screenwriter for Major League II, told THR that he has written a sequel script which would see Sheen resume the character of Rick "Wild Thing" Vaughn, and, without irony, play a "mentor" to a younger player, which may, or may not, be Vaughn's estranged son.
It's 20 years later and Charlie's character has been out of baseball since he gave up the walk-off homerun in the seventh game of the World Series, but the team wants him back to mentor this young fireballing relief pitcher.
Ward says that his screenplay will bring back several Major League characters, including Willie "Mays" Hayes (Wesley Snipes, who is currently serving a prison sentence on tax evasion charges) and voodoo practitioner Pedro Cerrano (Dennis Haysbert), who will return as coaches of the team we assume will still be the Cleveland Indians, while Corbin Bernsen will return as third baseman Roger Dorn.
There will be something for Corbin in this. That was an early draft where he wasn't. But I figured out a way to incorporate him.
The script also introduces three new characters, though Ward says there is no Major League sequel without Sheen (sorry, Tom Berenger). "There is no movie without Wild Thing," admitted Ward, which luckily isn't an issue since Sheen is interested.
We're taking the first steps on it. Now it's just a matter of putting the movie together in the timeframe we have. Charlie has a window coming up.
The other issue is getting the sequel financed. Production company Morgan Creek has the script currently, and Ward says a recent script reading for the company went "really well." Meanwhile, issues such as Snipes' imprisonment will need to be worked out (perhaps Omar Epps can play the character like he did in Major League II?).