Smalls, Squints, Ham, Yeah-Yeah and yes, even Benny the Jet—they’re all apparently coming back to the Sandlot. According to David Mickey Evans, the writer-director of the beloved 1993 baseball movie, The Sandlot will return in the form of a TV series on an as-yet-unknown streaming network. And not only that, it will apparently have its entire original cast intact.
Speaking with host Cooperstown Kurt on the baseball-centric The Rain Delay podcast, Evans said the following:
“I just sold a ‘Sandlot’ television show. We’re about to get an order for the first two seasons. 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.”
Given that the original film took place in 1962, the sequel TV series would sort of have to be set in the 1980s in order for the actors’ current ages to make sense. It does beg the question whether this version retcons the ending of the original The Sandlot, which saw Smalls as a baseball announcer and Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez as a veteran player on the L.A. Dodgers. If those two are traveling with the Dodgers, they certainly couldn’t be hanging around the Sandlot in the San Fernado Valley all summer. Now if Squints married Wendy Peffercorn and still lives in town, on the other hand, it would make perfect sense.
The Sandlot previously received a few direct-to-video sequels of low quality, despite the returning presence of James Earl Jones. This series, on the other hand, would bring back the cast members that made the original such a classic. They previously reassembled, with the exception of Mike Vitar/Benny the Jet for a 2018 segment on the Today Show, in celebration of the film’s 25th anniversary. A streaming series with the entire original cast returning would be an even more fitting tribute to one of the great childhood summer movies.
We’ll bring you more information on The Sandlot streaming series as it takes shape.