Disney+ Debuts First Teaser of The Mighty Ducks Reboot
During the streaming platform’s section of the Disney Investor Day presentation, Disney+ unveiled the first teaser of The Mighty Ducks series reboot, subtitled Game Changers, which is slated to premiere sometime in 2021. You can check out the trailer below!
Emilio Estevez will reprise his role as Gordon Bombay nearly 20 years after first appearing in 1992’s The Mighty Ducks. Lauren Graham, of Gilmore Girls and Parenthood fame, also joins the franchise in an undisclosed role.
Previously, it was reported The Mighty Ducks would be a 10-episode series set in present-day Minnesota, where the iconic titular team have evolved from scrappy underdogs to an ultra-competitive, powerhouse youth hockey team. After 12-year-old Evan (Brady Noon) is unceremoniously cut from the Ducks, he and his mom Alex (Graham) set out to build their own ragtag team of misfits to challenge the cutthroat, win-at-all-costs culture of competitive youth sports.
“Once a Duck, always a Duck! And after 25 years, I am delighted to lace up my skates, put on Coach Bombay’s jacket and return to play the iconic character for this new chapter in The Mighty Ducks franchise,” Estevez said at the time. “Likewise, I am thrilled to return to my old stomping grounds with my friends at Disney and Steve Brill, the original creator of the franchise, to join them on their exciting new platform, Disney+.”
The original film was directed by Stephen Herek. It starred Emilio Estevez (The Breakfast Club, St. Elmo’s Fire) as Gordon Bombay, a successful attorney who later became the coach of a local youth hockey team after he was sentenced to community service as a punishment for drunk driving. After some self-realization, Estevez’s Gordon helped the underdog team by teaching them the techniques he learned when he was a kid which led them into winning the state championship.
The Mighty Ducks series is co-created and will be executive produced by Josh Goldsmith, Cathy Yuspa, and the original film’s writer Steve Brill with Goldsmith and Yuspa serving as showrunners. It will also be executive produced by Lauren Graham, James Griffiths, Michael Spiller, and Jordan Kerner along with Brillstein Entertainment Partners’ George Heller and Brad Petrigala. Griffith has also signed on as the director.