When it came out in 1993, The Sandlot quickly became the definitive baseball movie for young Millennials. Now Entertainment Weekly reports that Twentieth Century Fox has entered early development of a Sandlot prequel that could fill the same role for those Millennials' children.
The film's original screenwriter and director, David Mickey Evans, is reportedly set to return as a co-writer of the new story, which rumor has it will tell the origin story of "The Beast — an English Mastiff so big that it became a legend in the neighborhood inhabited by nine boys who play baseball across from the dog’s backyard."
The original film is experiencing a minor resurgence recently, with a tweet from stars Patrick Renna and Guiry (who played Ham and Smalls) going viral after a "fan" on the street failed to recognize them.
The entire cast came back together on the Today show in April to celebrate the movie's 25th anniversary.
Marty York (Alan ‘Yeah Yeah’ McClennan) commented:
It’s been crazy. I mean, [it] definitely gets you in places for free. Can’t walk through a Las Vegas casino without someone yelling, ‘Yeah Yeah.'
The reunion also featured "Guiry, Brandon Quintin Adams (Kenny DeNunez), Shane Obedzinski (Timmy Timmons), Victor DiMattia (Tommy Repeat), Chauncey Leopardi (Michael ‘Squints’ Palledorous), Renna, and the film’s director, Evans."
They should do a sandlot 25 reunion movie it’s where they all say they are going to get together to play another game but they just all get busy with other things and only like 3 of them show up and 1 of them doesn’t have a glove they play then one throws his arm out @SOMPatriots— Jake Link (@JakeLinkComedy) July 27, 2018
When asked why The Sandlot held such a special place in so many people's hearts, Evans said:
...the film was made with the same amount of love that people have for it and it was the greatest summer of our lives.
Fans, however, are pretty skeptical about the idea of a prequel.
Same! Like it’s already a perfect movie we don’t need you to ruin it— Zane Bash (@AMCx32) August 1, 2018
Yeah, it just doesn’t make sense to me. The Sandlot is a perfect stand alone. I don’t need anything else from it…wait…unless we get a reunion type sequel and see them all come together to save the town field as adults. That, I would watch.— Chris Wilson (@NappiiRoots) August 2, 2018
But perhaps a prequel is what America needs right now. Who hasn't wanted to know more about The Beast?