It looks like Disney’s The ‘Mighty Ducks’ film franchise is being adapted into a TV series! According to THR, ABC Signature Studios is in early development on a series based on the classic 1990s films that center around a youth hockey team.
According to sources, ABC Signature head Tracy Underwood “put Mighty Ducks in development after being approached by original trilogy screenwriter Steven Brill and original producer Jordan Kerner.” So, Brill is on board to write the script for the series, which is great! If anyone can capture the magic of the original films, he would be the guy to do it.
There’s no information on if any of the original stars will return to the franchise. We don’t even know if this is a sequel or a reboot. I would kinda like for it to continue the story of some of one or more of the characters from the original films, which could be kind of a sequel/reboot hybrid. It’s gotta be connected to the films in some way to appease the fans, though.
The Mighty Ducks was released in 1992 and it was made on a budget of only $10 million. The movie starred Emilio Estevez as Gordon Bombay, an attorney who ends up coaching a pee-wee hockey team as community service after a drunk-driving arrest.
This Mighty Ducks series project is still in very early development, so we probably won’t be seeing anything else from it for awhile. It is quite possible the series could stay on ABC or launch on Disney’s streaming service set for 2019.