ABC Signature Studios — the cable and streaming division of ABC Studios — is in the early phases of bringing The Mighty Ducks franchise to television.
As per The Hollywood Reporter, original trilogy screenwriter Steven Brill and original producer Jordan Kerner are working with ABC Signature on adapting the franchise for television. Although a network is not yet attached to the project, the studio is hoping to shop the series out to different streaming services later this year. However, it’s not entirely clear if that would be a streamer external to ABC and Disney or the company’s upcoming stand-alone streaming on-demand service.
Starting with 1992’s The Mighty Ducks, the franchise spanned three movies and paved the way for a cartoon that debuted in 1996. Emilio Estevez starred as attorney Gordon Bombay, who is sentenced to coach hockey as community service for drunk driving. Joshua Jackson, who went on to play the role of Peter Bishop on Fox’s sci-fi series Fringe, starred as Charlie Conway in the movie.
Although none of the films were particularly successful critically, the first installment earned $50.7 million domestically. Its two sequels, 1994’s D2: The Mighty Ducks and 1996’s D3: The Mighty Ducks, earned $45.6 million and $22.9 million respectively.
There’s no word on whether or not any of the original cast will reprise their roles. It’s also not entirely clear whether the television show will serve as a sequel or reboot. The original report notes that ABC Signature has declined to comment on the project at this time.
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