Shortly after the purchase of 20th Century Fox, Disney started to raid the archives, looking for family-friendly franchises to reboot for the new streaming service. This is why we ended up with some straight-to-Disney+ films like “Cheaper By The Dozen”, “Home Sweet Home Alone”, “Ice Age” and “Night At The Museum”.
Way back in 2019, it was reported that Disney was developing a new series for Disney+ based on the popular 20th Century Studios franchise, “The Sandlot”. The film’s original director, David Mickey Evans, would return to be the show’s creator, screenwriter, executive producer, and showrunner. Each of the original cast members were going to reprise their roles from the first film, which was set in 1962 and centres around Scottie Smalls (Tom Guiry) who, after moving to a new neighbourhood, befriends a group of boys who play baseball at the sandlot and get into a series of touching adventures.
David Mickey Evans, confirmed this information on an appearance on the The Rain Delay, podcast back in 2019, saying :
“He has sold a pitch for a television series sequel to the original movie that will bring all the original cast members back.”
However, between the pandemic and strikes, and now with the recent cutbacks on the content Disney is creating, TVLine has reported that the series “barely stepped up to the plate; sources tell me the Sandlot series is no longer in development.”
It’s unknown how long the series hasn’t been in development for; with it being years since the initial reveal and there never being an official announcement of the show, it’s likely work on this project stopped a while ago.
The good news, however, is that should you want to go back to watch the original film, it, along with the sequels, are available to stream now on Disney+.
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Roger has been a Disney fan since he was a kid and this interest has grown over the years. He has visited Disney Parks around the globe and has a vast collection of Disney movies and collectibles. He is the owner of What's On Disney Plus & DisKingdom.