Writer/Director Ron Shelton was back around some old stomping grounds on Wednesday, helping celebrate the 20th anniversary of one of the most well-known sports movies to hit the silver screen.
The movie, of course, is “Bull Durham“, Shelton’s cinematic masterpiece about the lives, laughs & loves in the world of minor league baseball. Ron had returned to Durham, NC, to partake in the celebratory festivities honoring the film.
But during a luncheon, Shelton mentioned the possibility of a plan that’s death to many a memorable movie - a sequel!
“It was such a completed fable that it was hard to go back,” Shelton said. “I couldn’t figure out in the few years right after it came out, what do you do? Nuke’s in the big leagues, Crash is managing in Visalia. Is Annie going to go to Visalia? I’ve been to Visalia. That will test a relationship. … It was not a simple fable to continue with — not that we don’t talk about continuing it, now that everyone’s in their 60s.”
Hopefully, Ron will let it go, and let fans enjoy the characters as they were. But if Shelton somehow insists, may we suggest he watch “Caddyshack II” and “Slap Shot 2“, just to see what he can expect in a sequel.
Besides bringing along mainstream attention to the minors, the original “Bull Durham” also brought together Tim Robbins & Susan Sarandon as a happy Hollywood couple, while kickstarting the movie career of Kevin Costner, who would inevitably give the world such works as “Waterworld” and “The Postman“.
Hmmm … maybe celebrations aren’t really in order, after all.