Bull Durhan sequel with original stars could be in the works

Susan Sarandon and Kevin Costner really heated up the screen as a veteran minor leaguer and his oversexed lover in the 1988 baseball classic Bull Durham. Tim Robbins also starred as a doofball pitcher that was sleeping with Sarandon and getting unwanted coaching from Costner’s character. Bull Durham went on to become a box office hit and a classic. Sports Illustrated even ranked it the number one Greatest Sports Movie of all time. The NY Post reports that there may be a sequel in the works twenty years later and that Kevin Costner had a meeting with the director to talk about it. Real-life couple Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon, who met on the set of the film and have two sons together, are also said to be interested:

THE long-awaited sequel to “Bull Durham” is finally getting off the ground. A spy tells us Kevin Costner recently met with director Ron Shelton at Trader Vic’s in LA to discuss reprising the role of carousing catcher Crash Davis from the 1988 baseball flick. Tim Robbins and Susan Sarandon are also expected to return as pitcher Nuke LaLoosh and baseball groupie Annie Savoy, who are now married and owners of a Major League team that Costner manages. Kristen Kerr, recently seen on “Dexter,” is being eyed as one of Crash’s love interests, our insider said.

[From The NY Post]

I have mixed feelings about this. On one hand a sequel with the original characters could be funny and well-made, but there’s also the potential to ruin an amazing film with a crappy follow-up. There’s money to be made with it, though, and a new Bull Durham is likely to attract the older people who saw it in the first place along with baseball lovers from the younger generation. You can see how they would be interested in making a sequel, but in these uncertain financial times there’s a lot less investment capital in Hollywood and we’ll have to wait and see if this ever gets to first base.

[Some details from Wikipedia]

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  1. Syko says:

    Why would she marry Nuke LaLoosh after that kitchen table scene with Crash, and him painting her toenails and all? That would kill the whole premise of the first movie.

    I don’t like it. Of course a sequel, while not a new idea, is at least a new script, and Hollywood’s had so few of those lately, with the craze for remakes, it might be a breath of fresh air. Or stale air. Whatever. I’m pretty sure they are not waiting on my approval, so I’ll shut up.

  2. geronimo says:

    Oh just no. Leave it alone. Really. It’s never going to be as good as the original and anything less will just dilute and taint it. So no. Just no.

  3. vdantev says:

    I don’t recall enough about the film to care, so….

  4. Bodhi says:

    I’ve never seen the original so I really can’t form an opinion. I’d be really surprised if this happened though because Kevin hasn’t had a decent movie in YEARS & I could see people run like hell to get away from any project he was working on.

  5. daisy424 says:

    The original was good and a bit sexy;
    “… and I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days.”

    Wouldn’t see this remake, but I would pay to see a Big Chill sequel :wink:

  6. geronimo says:

    Oh Big Chill, Daisy. So much fabulousness in one film. :D

  7. Kaiser says:

    Good call, Daisy! The Big Chill should have a sequel. And hopefully in the sequel the funeral that brings them all together won’t be William Hurt’s. Perhaps Tom Berrenger’s. Or Jeff Goldblum’s. I could live with that.

    …You can’t always get what you want…

  8. Bodhi says:

    but if you try sometimes…

    One of the zillion reasons I love that movie is because it was flimed & takes place near my home town & I love the landscapes

  9. Kaiser says:

    …you get what you need…

  10. daisy424 says:

    You’re lucky Bodhi, I heard they had a blast filming Big Chill and that the house was used as a hosp. or something during the Civil War . They were on the lookout for ghosts 8O
    I liked the scene after dinner when they were in the kitchen dancing to Ain’t Too Proud to Beg. I grew up listening to that music, makes me smile thinking about it…..



  11. Syko says:

    The funeral that brought everyone together in The Big Chill was actually Kevin Costner’s – he played the corpse.

    Loved The Big Chill AND Bull Durham. I could watch them both again. Right now, instead of working. OK?

  12. kate says:

    bodhi – would that be beaufort, sc? i love it around there – so pretty. i really liked tim robbins in bull durham – he was the heart of the film. kevin costner to me was kind of meh.

  13. Baholicious says:

    Bull Durham was where Sarandon and Robbins first met and it was left-wing love a first sight :mrgreen:

  14. Bodhi says:

    Kate~ Yup, its Beaufort, SC. It is sooo pretty. I have many many problems with the state of SC, but the Lowcountry is such a beautiful place that I forgive can’t help but love it.