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"The Sandlot" Reboot Needs to Defy Time and Space to Make Sense

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Remember how the film's final three minutes gave away the gang's future? So what's left to tell?

Despite being released in 1993, The Sandlot glorified the summer of 1962, backyard baseball, and boyhood hormones.

The iconic scene of Benny "The Jet" Rodriguez running away from The Beast convinced 90's kids that English Mastiffs might be hellhounds and Benny will always be a national fucking treasure. Over 25 years later, David Mickey Evans, The Sandlot's director and writer is poised to ruin our precious memories with an upcoming TV series based on the film, featuring many of the original cast members.

Evans announced that he'd already sold two seasons to a streaming service he wouldn't name. He described, "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." This isn't the first time Evans has teased an addition to The Sandlot's universe. Late last year, 20th Century Fox announced that a prequel film was in development in honor of the film's 25th anniversary. Evans is attached as co-writer for the script, but no release date is set.

So while the 1993 original film was about coming-of-age in 1962, the 2019 follow-up will be about parenting in 1984. But here's the thing: if you remember the last three minutes of The Sandlot, the entire point of the ending is to explain what happened to each member of the gang, including a jump forward in time to reveal that Benny "The Jet" became an MLB player and our awkward protagonist, Scottie Smalls, becomes a charismatic sports announcer.

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What's left to tell? Albeit, the film doesn't give away how far into the future we see at the end, so is 1984 when Benny is a down-and-out minor league player, hoping to make it to the big leagues one day (spoiler: he does)? Or is 1984 when Scottie and his friends first have kids of their own, and Scottie has to reconcile the inevitable weirdness of having Denis Leary as his stepfather? Then there's the weird story of how Bertram, the lanky nerd of the group, turned out. He can't possibly be in the series with the dark turn The Sandlot took when all we hear is that "Bertram got really into the '60s and no one ever saw him again." Maybe that's a plot point they're saving for season two.

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Meg Hanson is a Brooklyn-based writer, teacher and jaywalker. Find Meg at her website and on Twitter @megsoyung.


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