The 1990s were the heyday of kid-centric baseball films. This was back when movies like Rookie of the Year and Angels in the Outfield were making $50 million at the box office, and even something like Little Big League – which only pulled in $12 million domestically – could expect a healthy life on home video after it left theaters.
But my favorite of them all was The Sandlot, an imminently quotable and nostalgic coming of age movie set in the 1960s that followed a young outcast who slowly gained a group of friends who taught him to play baseball and accepted him into their ragtag group. Now the co-writer and director of that film, David Mickey Evans, has revealed that he’s written a new baseball movie called Junior America, and it’s based on a true story.
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Last Summer we warned you that Morgan Creek was developing a third Ace Ventura: Pet Detective film. And now moviehole has gotten word on Jim Carrey’s replacement. Drumroll please. The new Ace Ventura is…. Josh Flitter! Wait, who? That was my response. Josh has been a side character in a bunch of recent movies. He was Robin William’s young minister helper in License to Wed. He was Nancy Drew‘s young friend Corky. He was also in The Greatest Game Ever Played and Big Momma’s House 2. Not a very good track record. You would probably remember him as the short kinda chubby loudmouth kid.
So you’re probably asking yourself “how could this fat kid replace Jim Carrey?” Well, the new movie is tentatively titled Ace Ventura Jr., and will center on the “eccentric detective’s son, who steps into his father’s shoes to take over the family business.” Sounds like a bad idea to me. David Mickey Evans (The Sandlot, The Final Season) is directing. We’ll try to forget this ever happened.