When Charlie Sheen split from “Two and a Half Men,” a big screen Major League III was a big part of his comeback plan. (He knows there was a Major League: Back to the Minors. He does not consider that Major League III. See our January article in the TV Channel.)
Today Sheen was at the Television Critics Association press tour for FX with his new series “Anger Management.” After his panel, we went up to him to ask about the status of Major League III. He the sequel continues to move forward.
“I’m actually supposed to find out soon,” Sheen said. “We’re just trying to find the money. It’s harder these days because everybody relies on foreign presales and there’s a lot of countries that don’t really know baseball.”
So it will be foreign money that funds the next comedy about the American past time. Once that’s secure though, it’s ready to shoot. This isn’t actually that long a timetable. It was only 18 months ago Sheen became available and suggested revisiting Major League. A year or so of preproduction sounds about right for financing, and the original writer of Major League has returned for part three/four.
“Yeah, there’s a script,” Sheen said. “It’s really good [written by] David [S.] Ward.”
1989’s Major League starred Sheen as Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn, an ex-convict turned star pitcher for the underdog Cleveland Indians, among ragtag underdog teammates played by Tom Berenger, Wesley Snipes, Dennis Haysbert and Corbin Bernsen. It is widely considered one of the greatest sports comedies of all time.
While he’s revisiting his movie hits, we also asked Sheen if he would consider a Hot Shots 3, his Top Gun/Rambo spoof franchise from Airplane co-creator Jim Abrahams.
“Hot Shots 3 no, because there are so many movies like it that have been done since. That joke has really been played.”
“Anger Management” airs Thursdays at 9:30 on FX.
CraveOnline will be back with more on Major League III after you make our hearts sing.