This is not a drill: Disney wants to turn The Mighty Ducks into a TV show.
Stephen Brill, who wrote the original film trilogy, has been tapped by ABC Signature studios to pen a script for a Mighty Ducks TV show, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Brill, along with film producer Jordan Kenner, will prep the series for the studio company to shop to streaming networks, broadcast companies or potentially keep it to launch on Disney's exclusive streaming service launching in 2019.
The Mighty Ducks became a household name in 1992 with the first film starring Emilio Estevez as Gordon Bombay, a New York City lawyer forced to coach a pee-wee hockey team in Minnesota as part of his community service after he was arrested for drunk driving. The box office success of the first film lead to two sequels, launched the career of Hollywood heartthrob Joshua Jackson and also inspired Disney to name the Anaheim NHL team after the franchise.
None of the former cast, including Estevez or Jackson, have signed on to the TV reboot as the script hasn't been written yet, but TV Guide spoke to one cast alum in 2015 who still has a lot of fondness for The Mighty Ducks.
"The Mighty Ducks put me in a conversation that I wasn't in before," Elden Henson, who played Bash Brother Fulton Reed in the film trilogy and now stars as Foggy Nelson on Marvel's Daredevil told us. "I feel like I owe a lot of my career to being in those movies. What's funny is I still, more than anything, get recognized for The Mighty Ducks. I love it. When I was younger, I would get embarrassed. I played sports growing up and I'd be playing baseball and the other team would be quacking at me and stuff. I love those movies."
Since Disney also owns Marvel, they should be able to let Henson come hit around a puck or too, right? Please note the petition started here on TV Guide.