The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers

The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers is an upcoming American sports streaming television series based on the 1992 film of the same name written by Steven Brill. Created by Brill, Josh Goldsmith, and Cathy Yuspa for Disney+, the series serves as a follow-up to the film, and will be produced by ABC Signature and Brillstein Entertainment, with Brill serving as head writer, and Goldsmith and Yuspa serving as showrunners.

The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers
Genre
Created by
Based on
Written bySteven Brill
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
Production
Executive producers
Production locationsVancouver, British Columbia, Canada
Production companies
DistributorDisney Platform Distribution
Release
Original networkDisney+
Chronology
Related showsThe Mighty Ducks franchise

Lauren Graham, Brady Noon, and Emilio Estevez will star in the series. As of January 2018, ABC began developing a series based on the franchise The Mighty Ducks, with Brill set to write the series. The series was announced to be released on Disney+ in November 2018. Filming for the series was scheduled to begin in February 2020, and end in June 2020. In August 2020, it was announced that filming could officially begin after Disney TV Studios made a deal with British Columbia unions about testing the cast and crew members for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers is scheduled to be released on Disney+ in early 2021.

SynopsisEdit

Now a powerhouse in its division, the Mighty Ducks junior hockey team is selective about who makes the cut. After being kicked out, a 12-year-old boy named Evan, at the urging of his mother, forms a new hockey team of underdogs with the help of the Ducks' original coach, Gordon Bombay.[1][2][3]

Cast and charactersEdit

  • Lauren Graham as Alex, Evan's mother, who helps her son to create his hockey team.[2]
  • Emilio Estevez as Gordon Bombay, a former defense attorney who, after being forced to coach the Mighty Ducks as community service, became the team's official coach.[3] Estevez reprises his role from the film series.[3]
  • Brady Noon as Evan, a 12-year-old kid who tries to create his own hockey team after being cut from the Mighty Ducks.[2]
  • Swayam Bhatia[3]
  • Taegen Burns[3]
  • Julee Cerda[3]
  • Bella Higginbotham[3]
  • Luke Islam[3]
  • Kiefer O’Reilly[3]
  • Maxwell Simkins[3]
  • De’Jon Watts[3]

ProductionEdit

DevelopmentEdit

By 2018, Steven Brill and Jordan Kerner, who respectively served as writer and producer for the 1992 film The Mighty Ducks, pitched to ABC Signature head Tracy Underwood an idea for a TV series based on the film, which was approved for development.[4]

On January 22, 2018, it was reported that a half-hour The Mighty Ducks TV series was being developed by ABC Signature Studios, with Brill set to write and executive-produce the series.[4] The series was being shopped to several networks and streaming services by the studio.[4] On November 8, 2018, it was reported that the series will be released on Disney's streaming service, Disney+.[5] On November 6, 2019, it was reported that Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa, George Heller, and Brad Petrigala will co-executive-produce the series alongside Brill.[1] On February 12, 2020, Goldsmith and Yuspa were revealed to be serving a co-creators and showrunners for the series, while Kerner and James Griffiths were revealed to be co-executive-producing the series, with star Lauren Graham also being credited as co-executive producer.[2] It was also reported that the series will be 10-episodes-long.[2]

CastingEdit

In February 2020, Lauren Graham and Brady Noon were cast in the series as the lead roles, with Emilio Estevez returning to reprise his role as Gordon Bombay, in addition to executive producing.[2][3] Swayam Bhatia, Taegen Burns, Julee Cerda. Bella Higginbotham, Luke Islam, Kiefer O'Reilly, Maxwell Simkins, De'Jon Watts were also cast in undisclosed roles.[3]

FilmingEdit

Filming for The Mighty Ducks was scheduled to begin on February 18, 2020, and end on June 11, 2020.[6] Filming took place in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.[2] James Griffiths will serve as a director for the series.[7] In August 2020, it was announced that filming could officially begin after Disney TV Studios made a deal with British Columbia unions about testing the cast and crew members for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.[8] Filming officially resumed in September 2020 and was scheduled to conclude on December 17, 2020.[9][10]

ReleaseEdit

The Mighty Ducks will be released on Disney+ in early 2021.[11]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Pearson, Ben (November 6, 2019). "'Mighty Ducks' TV Series Details Revealed: Here's What the Disney+ Series is About". /Film. Archived from the original on March 4, 2020. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Goldberg, Lesley (February 12, 2020). "Lauren Graham to Star in 'The Mighty Ducks' TV Series for Disney+". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on October 25, 2020. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Andreeva, Nellie (February 13, 2020). "'The Mighty Ducks': Emilio Estevez To Reprise Role As Coach Gordon Bombay In Disney+ Sequel Series". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on September 29, 2020. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  4. ^ a b c Goldberg, Lesley (January 22, 2018). "'Mighty Ducks' TV Series in the Works (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on April 4, 2019. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  5. ^ Pearson, Ben (November 8, 2018). "Disney's Streaming Service is Called Disney+, Here's How It Will Be Different From Netflix". /Film. Archived from the original on November 8, 2020. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  6. ^ Plana, Vincent (February 5, 2020). "Disney Plus' The Mighty Ducks TV series to begin filming in BC this month". Daily Hive. Archived from the original on June 24, 2020. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  7. ^ Marc, Christopher. "EXCLUSIVE: 'The Mighty Ducks' Disney+ Series Adds 'Cuban Fury' Director James Griffiths | HN Entertainment". Archived from the original on May 16, 2020. Retrieved February 9, 2020.
  8. ^ Jennings, Collier (August 15, 2020). "Mighty Ducks Disney+ Series Gets the Greenlight to Start Production". CBR. Archived from the original on August 15, 2020. Retrieved August 15, 2020.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (September 2, 2020). "'The Good Doctor', 'A Million Little Things', 'Big Sky' & 'The Mighty Ducks' Among Series That Have Started Production In Vancouver". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on October 27, 2020. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  10. ^ "DGC BC Production List" (PDF). Directors Guild of Canada. October 23, 2020. Archived (PDF) from the original on October 26, 2020. Retrieved October 26, 2020.
  11. ^ Pedersen, Erik (December 11, 2020). "Disney+ Programming: Here's What Was Announced Or Confirmed For Streamer During Disney Investor Day". Deadline. Retrieved December 16, 2020.

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