Producer says sequel to 'Bull Durham' in the works

Posted October 7, 2008
Updated October 8, 2008

— The producer of the 1988 movie "Bull Durham" hopes to start filming a sequel in Durham in summer 2009.

Producer and Durham native Thom Mount told WRAL Wednesday that a script is in development with the original film's writer and director Ron Shelton. Mount said he would like to start shooting next summer. The film is expected to be distributed in the United States by MGM.

He said he plans to shoot in Durham and use the Durham Bulls Athletic Park, which opened in 1995, and not in the older Durham Athletic Park that was part of the original movie.

The sequel has been talked about for at least a year. It was mentioned when Mount and Shelton came to Durham in July to celebrate the revitalization of the Durham Athletic Park and the 20th anniversary of the popular film.

Because the script is still in development, Mount said he has not contacted the stars of the original movie – Kevin Costner, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins – but he is hopeful they will be part of the project.

The New York Post, which reported the possibility of a sequel Monday on its Page Six gossip column, said that in the follow-up, LaLoosh and Savoy are the married owners of a Major League baseball team that Davis manages.

Mount wouldn't comment to the Associated Press on the particulars of the new script other than to say "we have a very clear idea of where we're going."

“The movie was very, very popular in its time, but the 20th anniversary just brought it back to light even more,” said Shelly Green, of the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau has been working with Mount on the project. The bureau said the project means big money for Durham. Projections show crews would spend about a $250,000 each day of shooting.

State Film Office Director Aaron Syrett said his office has not been contacted about the project.

“It’s great if they will make a ‘Bull Durham 2’ and we hope they will. They certainly have the right people behind it,” Syrett said.


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  • war4heels Oct 8, 2008

    meh2 Soccer? Really this is America we are talking about, Baseball is America's pastime. "Bull Durham" is an all time great and nothing could ever take that away from it and honestly a sequel would do anything but help Durham clear its name of gangs, violence, and dirty people...

  • rushbot Oct 8, 2008

    Just what the world needs: a movie with 60 year old naked people in the tub with candles!

  • Garnerwolf1 Oct 8, 2008

    Bad idea. BD was one of the best movies ever, let along a sports movie. The sequel, as with most, will likely stink, which will only jurt the legacy of the original. C'mon Hollywood, (and this includes TV) come up with something original!

  • Blues Man Z Oct 8, 2008

    I am a huge baseball fan. Bull Durham was a good movie, but I can think of quite a few baseball movies that were better. It is a bit overrated IMO, but I understand its popularity here.

  • TarheelTurtle Oct 8, 2008

    They definitely won't be able to use the DAP. They have started renovations on it, and I, for one, can't wait. My father's business overlooks the old park and I know I'm not the only one who misses the third baseline(last beer to get cut off), the all-you-can-carry rule, or the great times we had there. The sequel will be a boon for Downtown Durham, where you can find great restaurants (Peidmonte, Rue Cler), an amazing Farmer's Market and some fantastic bars. The Green Room could use the boost,as well. If they make it, we will come.

  • thefensk Oct 8, 2008

    Not every sequel is bad. Terminator 2 is as good if not better than the original ... although 3 was a real drop.
    Same with Godfather ... 2 was great ... 3 was a drop.

    So if they just make a second one but not a third one, they should be okay.

  • DeathRow-IFeelYourPain-NOT Oct 8, 2008

    I don't quite understand why they will start filming between April and June. That's during baseball season and the film crew will have to battle with the current Durham Bulls for field time. Seeing the new DBAP, and the new development around it in the movie, will only spur more tourist interest in the area from baseball fans. Should re-energize the Durham Bull craze, if it even needs any energizing. You'll have an all new cast with a few cameos from past actors.

  • 8675309-9 Oct 8, 2008

    Harvey...i don’t think anyone is talking politics man.

    Love it....I wonder if they will film at Mitch’s Tavern again.

    This can only be great for the triangle.

    Who cares if the make a sequel...nobody is forced to watch it!

  • Harvey Oct 8, 2008

    I don't see the argument that a bad sequel ruins the original. Caddyshack was one of the greatest comedies of all time. Just because Caddyshack II was one of the worst movies of all time does not take away from the first.

    Or are you guys using politics (or a stars political affiliation) as a catalyst to how good or bad a movie is... or will be? If it's that... well... that's just asinine.

  • Me again Oct 8, 2008

    Cool. Maybe I can be in the cast.