Disney+ orders Mighty Ducks TV series

The star of the original films Emilio Estevez will be reprising his role.

Disney+ are to develop a TV series based on 90s ice hockey film franchise The Mighty Ducks

The streamer has officially ordered ten episodes of the sports comedy and cast both Gilmore Girls actress and original star Emilio Estevez in lead roles. 

Estevez will reprise the role of attorney turned junior ice hockey coach Gordon Bombay who led the titular underdog team to victory.  

Where the original 1992 film had The Ducks as the likeable protagonists, this modern update has them as the ultra-competitive villains of the piece. 

According to the official plot summary, 12-year-old Evan (Brady Noon) and his mum Alex (Graham) “set out to build their own ragtag team of misfits” when he’s unceremoniously cut from The Ducks. 

The Mighty Ducks TV series is the brainchild of Steve Brill, who wrote the original film, Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa. 

Goldsmith and Yuspa will also serve as joint showrunners with James Griffiths set to direct. 

The original Mighty Ducks film spawned two sequels, known simply as D2: The Mighty Ducks and D3: The Mighty Ducks released in 1994 and 1996 respectively, as well as an animated series. 

The series will premiere sometime in 2020, but a more specific release date is not yet known.

Disney+ is due to launch in the UK on 24th March 2020 and will cost £5.99 a month. 

Source: Variety

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