Deadline is reporting that Lauren Graham and Brady Noon have signed up to star in the upcoming Disney+ series adaptation of The Mighty Ducks, while reporting that negotiations between Disney and Emilio Estevez are still ongoing in regards to having him reprise the role of Gordon Bombay.
The original film, released in 1992, focused on Gordon Bombay (Emilio Estevez), a Minneapolis attorney that ends up coaching a pee-wee hockey team as part of his community service after a drunk-driving arrest. It would go on to make $50m at the box office in the US on a $10m budget, spanning two sequels (D2: The Mighty Ducks in 1994 and D3: The Mighty Ducks in 1996) that would make a combined total of $68.5m at the domestic box office.
The reboot series will be set in present day Minnesota, where the Mighty Ducks have evolved from scrappy underdogs to an ultra-competitive, powerhouse youth hockey team. After twelve-year-old Evan (Brady Noon) is unceremoniously cut from the Ducks, he and his mother Alex (Lauren Graham) set out to build their own ragtag team of misfits to challenge the cutthroat, win-at-all-costs culture of competitive youth sports.
Sounds like they’re turned The Mighty Ducks into the Hawks for this reboot…that’ll go over well that hold the original film to high regard, be it childhood nostalgia, but we’ll see how its executed on screen.
The series is co-created by Steve Brill, Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa, who will also serve as executive producers alongside Lauren Graham, James Griffiths and Michael Spiller. George Heller and Brad Petrigala of Brillstein Entertainment Partners and Jordan Kerner also are executive producers.
It’s believed that production for The Mighty Ducks will commence production this month in Vancouver, with the series to premiere later this year on the streaming service.