D’Arcy Carden & Abbi Jacobson are in a League of Their Own at Amazon
The Hollywood Reporter has brought word that Amazon’s upcoming series adaptation of the 1992 acclaimed baseball dramedy A League of Their Own has found its two leads in Broad City co-creator/star Abbi Jacobson and The Good Place alum D’Arcy Carden.
Will Graham (Mozart in the Jungle) will write and exec produce with Jacobson. Hailey Wierengo, head of Graham’s Amazon-based Field Trip Productions, is also an exec producer.
Though based on the 1992 film, the series will not feature the sisters Dottie Hinson and Kit Keller played by Geena Davis (GLOW) and Lori Petty (Orange is the New Black) from the original. The official logline for the series, which is being written and executive produced by Will Graham (Mozart in the Jungle), reads as follows:
A League of Their Own is a half-hour comedy infusing the warmth, humor, and DNA of the classic film while taking a contemporary spin on the stories of the women surrounding the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League. The show will begin with the formation of the league in 1943 and follows the Rockford Peaches, season to season as they struggle to keep the team alive through close games, injuries, late-night bar crawls, sexual awakenings, not crying and road trips across a rapidly changing United States. The series dives deeper into the issues facing the country while following a ragtag team of women figuring themselves out while fighting to realize their dreams of playing professional baseball.
The film followed sisters Dottie and Kit as they were recruited to join the AAGPBL and played for the Rockford Peaches before a trade saw them face off in the World Series. Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood) played manager Jimmy Dugan, inspired by former big leaguers Jimmie Foxx and Hack Wilson. Scripted by Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel and directed by Penny Marshall (Big), the film also starred Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, Megan Cavanagh and David Strathairn.
Sources report that Graham and Jacobson reached out to Marshall, before her death in December ’18, and Davis to get their blessing before moving forward with the series adaptation. CBS previously tried to adapt the film in 1993 with a series that featured Megan Cavanagh (Marla Hooch) and Tracy Reiner (Betty “Spaghetti”) reprising their roles. The series was pulled after three episodes.
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