What made The Sandlot so great was that, even with the over-the-top shenanigans of dealing with an allegedly dangerous dog, the movie was a very relatable portrayal of childhood. Anyone can identify with the kids in the film and pick out at least one of them as the kid they used to be. A lot of movies at the time used “Hollywood Kids” that quipped out one-liners and acted like posers. The Sandlot kids looked and talked like actual kids.
Every now and then you hear about a revival or a reboot of this movie….not a sequel, because technically a sequel was already MADE back in the heyday of cheap direct-to-video follow-ups. (If you’ve never seen or heard of it, don’t worry, it’s not worth remembering.) But no one has ever proposed an entire TV series before…until now.
During a guest appearance on the baseball-themed podcast The Rain Delay, David Mickey Evans blurted out that “The Sandlot: The Series” had already been sold and cleared for at least two seasons of content. “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.”
We get that nobody in charge of the movie-making process today is old enough to have grown up in the early 60s, but the great thing about The Sandlot was that it didn’t even matter. Most of the experiences in the movie were universal and timeless, even with a lack of computers or cell phones. It’s not a necessity that the time period has to be “upgraded” to please the nostalgia of a new mass audience.
But where is this showing up? “I know who’s going to stream it. It doesn’t take a genius to figure that out right now,” said Evans. So the most obvious answer would be….Netflix? Hulu? Or maybe he’s delusional and means Apple TV? You’re killing us, Smalls.