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Why A very special team, with Tom Hanks and Geena Davis, did not have a prequel and now it will be a series?

fans of A very special teamthe 1992 Penny Marshall film, with Tom Hanks and Geena Davishas already spawned a new series on Amazon Prime Video -it premieres in August-, but the truth is that it was about to have a prequel before… and now we know why it wasn’t.

Regarding the 30th anniversary of the film, in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, screenwriter Lowell Ganz discussed plans for a prequel that were made in the wake of the film’s initial success.

While it never materialized, the second film would have focused on the baseball career of Tom Hanks’ character Jimmy Dugan.

Tom Hanks and Geena Davis autographed a glove used in the film for a charity auction.  Photo EFE

Tom Hanks and Geena Davis autographed a glove used in the film for a charity auction. Photo EFE

Differences with the study

“In fact, we had planned to do a new story basically focused on Jimmy’s career,” said Ganz. “She was going to talk about her career before she got involved in the women’s baseball leagueand then he would jump to the stage when he gets a job managing a men’s baseball league…”.

“There he will give a black player a chance – we’re talking just after Jackie Robinson retired – Tom was really excited, but we couldn’t get the studios to approve it.”

More than once, Tom Hanks has shown a passion for baseball beyond work.  AP Photo

More than once, Tom Hanks has shown a passion for baseball beyond work. AP Photo

Ganz says the studio wasn’t interested in making a continuation of the women’s baseball classic that did not include women playing baseball.

“We wrote it, we got paid to write a script,” he said. “Like Tom said, ‘it was when he was still young enough to be credible as a baseball player.’ As I recall, Columbia wanted us to make another movie about ‘the girls’, as they called it.

“We had nothing more to say about it. We did not agree with the people of Columbia. They wanted Tom Hanks, of course. But they also wanted more women to play baseball…. I don’t know what story they thought we could write at the time. So it just all fell apart.”

Geena Davis as Dottie HInson in "A League of Their Own."  Photo File Clarin

Geena Davis as Dottie HInson in “A League of Their Own.” Photo File Clarin

Still, 30 years later, his film is about to find a new life through the Amazon Prime Video platform.

the original plot

The origin story of A very special team (A League of Their Own) recounted that in 1943, while men were at war, baseball was about to disappear. But it was not so thanks to a group of women.

At that time, the production was integrated by Geena Davis and Lori Petty, who were part of the women’s team and had to show that they were capable of competing and fighting like men; facing his sarcastic, cynical and always almost drunk coach Jimmy, played by Tom Hanks.

the new series

The director of “A very special team”, Penny Marshall, with a T-shirt that quotes a famous phrase from the film: “In baseball you don’t cry.” AP Photo

Today, in the streaming age, the film became an 8-episode series: a comedy about the All-American Women’s Professional Baseball League of World War II, which recalls the light-hearted spirit of the film Penny Marshall.

At the same time, it delves into the history of an entire generation of women who dreamed of playing professional baseball. She delves into race and sexuality, following the journey of a new group of characters as they forge their own paths, both in the league and out of it.

Geena Davis came from being an Oscar nominee for best leading actress for "Thelma & Louise."  Photo File Clarin

Geena Davis came from being an Oscar nominee for best leading actress for “Thelma & Louise.” Photo File Clarin

In fiction, a group of dreamy and empowered women living diverse experienceswhile they venture, learn, play and have fun, with a musical background that takes us back to the 80s and 90s.

“I am not speaking from a place of resentment. I’m just speaking from a place where I doubt I’ll see it because it will seem too strange to me. I can’t imagine he’s going to enjoy the experience. Those characters are mine.Lowell Ganz emphasized.

The current cast of A very special team is made up of actresses Abbi Jacobson, D’Arcy Carden, Priscilla Delgado, Chanté Adams and Gbemisola Ukumelo, among other. Among its production companies are Amazon Studios, Field Trip Productions and Sony Pictures Television.

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