'Sullivan's Sluggers' Comic Adaptation Combines Baseball & Monsters
Oftentimes in Hollywood, people will use shorthand to describe the basic gist of a project they're pitching to someone else. You've heard this type of thing before: Grand Piano is "Speed at a piano," etc. Rarely do we get a description that creates an entirely new genre, but THR reports there's a movie in the works that will do just that. Sullivan's Sluggers is based on a baseball horror graphic novel by Mark Andrew Smith and James Stokoe that's being called "Major League meets Zombieland and then some." Baseball and horror? It's a truly bizarre combination, but as a fan of many baseball movies, I'm intrigued. More below!
The plot follows washed-up manager Casey Sullivan and his bumbling, unorganized minor league team The Sluggers as they travel to a small town to play a road game. But the players must quickly remember what it means to use teamwork when they realize the townspeople are shapeshifting monsters, and they have to fight to stay alive. Tom and Tim Mullen are writing the screenplay, and though they haven't written a feature yet, the brothers do have some experience writing and acting in short films that involve baseball. Sullivan's Sluggers is also being called an homage to George Romero and Sam Raimi, so we'll see if the eventual movie can actually live up to all of these comparisons. Even if it doesn't, the crazy synopsis sounds like a cult classic in the making. Thoughts?