90s Sports Movie ‘Rookie of the Year’ Getting A Remake
Rookie Of The Year hit movie theaters in 1993, making over $56 million at the box office.
The story of a Henry Rowengartner, a kid who breaks his arm playing baseball only to have the arm heal too well that he can suddenly pitch over 100mph and lead the Chicago Cubs to a World Series championship was a ridiculous concept that reached great financial success in the movie business.
These days, Hollywood is constantly trying to hit the jackpot on nostalgia. Remakes and sequels are a dime a dozen, and according to Deadline, it appears a Rookie Of The Year remake is now in the works.
Bob Harper produced the original, and per Deadline, will produce the remake as well.
Will FOX studios be able to tap into the success of the original? I'm skeptical.
The absurd premise of Rookie Of The Year worked in 1993 when baseball movies at the box office were largely successful. Kids attended the film in the masses, and many movies didn't take themselves too serious. It was part of what made Rookie Of The Year so charming.
I hope I'm wrong, but this feels like a cheap cash grab, hoping to pull at the nostalgic heartstrings of adults who watched the movie as kids.