Disney is moving forward with a The Mighty Ducks reboot for Disney+ customers. The original 1992 movie is a classic '90s family film starring Emilio Estevez, who plays a drunk driving lawyer forced to coach a hockey team as community service. As so often happens, the cold-hearted lawyer learns valuable life lessons while coaching the underdog team. The film and its sequel, D2: The Mighty Ducks, is still beloved by countless '90s kids.
When Disney+ launches on November 12, it will include thousands of movies and TV shows from the Disney archives, including many other classic '90s Disney TV shows. Because Disney acquired 20th Century Fox in a multi-billion deal this year, Disney+ will also feature classic TV shows like The Simpsons. The entertainment giant is hoping to lure away Netflix customers with its giant catalogue of past hits, but original content like The Mighty Ducks TV series are also part of Disney's plans.
Earlier this year, THR reported that ABC Signature Studios was working on a TV show reboot of The Mighty Ducks. Until recently, details on the possible reboot were hard to find. Now, Discussing Film has revealed the production schedule and synopsis of the new Disney series. Unlike the original film, the new series will follow a 13-year-old boy and his mom. When the young player gets booted from the Mighty Ducks hockey team, his mom helps assemble a new team, coach, and practice area. The show is tentatively scheduled to start filming in February 2020 in Vancouver, with an eventual release on Disney+. The Mighty Ducks original screenwriter, Steven Brill, will join Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa, George Heller, and BRad Petrigala as executive producers on the new Disney series.
Decades after its release, The Mighty Ducks and its sequels are still beloved by legions of fans. It's a quintessential '90s movie with a heartwarming story and classic slapstick comedy. However, based on the rough synopsis, the new Disney+ series sounds like it's aimed at younger viewers rather than nostalgic millennials. Even so, the reboot could help introduce the franchise to a new generation of viewers.
Disney, perhaps more so than any other entertainment company, is well placed to capitalize on nostalgia. The company spent a considerable amount of money producing an original Star Wars show, The Mandalorian, for its November 12 launch. In addition, the company has been hard at work creating live-action remakes of classic animated movies like The Lion King and The Lady and the Tramp. With so many classic movies, TV shows, and franchises in its legendary archive, Disney+ certainly has a lot to attract viewers from every generation. Of course, there's also bad news for Ducks fans. While fans of The Mighty Ducks will eventually be able to watch the reboot on Disney+, the movies reportedly won't be available on the streaming platform, at least not yet.
Source: Discussing Film