Disney’s The Mighty Ducks is being developed as a TV series by ABC Signature Studios. Released in 1992, The Mighty Ducks follows Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez), a former hockey player turned defense attorney, who is forced to coach a local youth hockey team as community service after getting arrested for drunk driving. The sports comedy became a beloved ’90s classic as Bombay coached the underdog team into becoming real contenders in their local hockey league and remembering his love of hockey along the way.
In fact, The Mighty Ducks was popular enough to inspire a sequel, D2: The Mighty Ducks, which saw a number of the original team members joined by newcomers from around the United States to compete at the Junior Goodwill Games. The trilogy of films was rounded out by D3: The Mighty Ducks, which featured the team attending a prestigious Minnesota prep school and playing for the first time without Bombay. Though there has been talk of a revival of The Mighty Ducks film franchise – either in the form of The Mighty Ducks 4 or a reboot – now it seems the quack attack will continue on in the form of a TV series.
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THR is reporting ABC Signature Studios is in early development on a Mighty Ducks TV series based on the 1992 film. Original trilogy screenwriter Steven Brill and original producer Jordan Kerner are on board the TV series, which doesn’t have a network home just yet as it’s in the very early stages of development. ABC Signature Studios is the cable- and streaming-focused division of ABC Studios, so once Brill pens the script – and if it turns out well – the company will then shop the series to streamers later this year.
It’s unclear whether Estevez or any of the young stars of the Mighty Ducks franchise would return for the TV series, since it’s uncertain whether the show will be a reboot of the concept or a sequel to the movies. It also remains to be seen whether the series will be a half-hour or hour-long program. As of yet, ABC Studios has declined to comment on the project, per THR, likely because the show is so early on in development. Unfortunately, because the project is still in its early days, we know little about what to expect from The Mighty Ducks TV series.
However, since THR reports ABC will shop the show to streamers if the script turns out well, it’s likely the company may be looking to debut the series before late-2019, when Disney is launching its own streaming service. Plus, with Brill and Kerner involved, fans can at least rest assured those who were instrumental to bringing The Mighty Ducks to life in the first place will have key roles in this new TV series. So, while there’s still a great deal we don’t know about The Mighty Ducks TV series – and it’s not clear yet whether the show will even become a reality – we’ll likely learn more later in 2018.
The Mighty Ducks TV series is currently in development.
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