ABC Signature Studios, the division of ABC Studios that focuses on cable and streaming projects, is developing a new TV series based on the hit film franchise The Mighty Ducks. Writer Steven Brill and producer Jordan Kerner, who both worked on the first Mighty Ducks movie back in the early 1990s, are coming aboard this project, although there is no network attached at this time and it isn't clear if this will be a reboot with all new characters, or a revival series that brings back Emilio Estevez as Gordon Bombay and other key characters.
ABC Signature Studios is reportedly always looking to bring back Disney properties that may appeal to a global audience, with studio head Tracy Underwood putting this project into development after being approached by both Brill and Kerner. Steven Brill will write the script in-house for ABC Signature Studios, and if that meets their approval, they'll shop it around to streaming services later this year. Brill and Kerner will serve as executive producers along with Brillstein Entertainment's George Heller and Brad Petrigala.
Sources did indicate that this will not be shopped around any time soon, as this project is still in very early stages of development and the script isn't ready quite yet. The studio could shop this project to any number of cable networks or streaming outlets, although another possibility would be to keep this under the Disney-ABC umbrella and develop it for Disney's new streaming service, that will be home to all of the Star Wars and Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, along with original TV programs based on Star Wars, High School Musical and Monsters Inc., just to name a few. Given how popular movie-to-TV adaptations are these days, there will likely be no shortage of suitors for this show, once it's ready.
The first Mighty Ducks movie debuted in theaters in 1992, centering on Emilio Estevez's Gordon Bombay, an egotistical Minneapolis attorney who is arrested for drunk driving, and sentenced to serve community service by coaching a youth hockey team. The first movie pulled in $50.7 million from just a $10 million budget, and helped launch the young acting careers of Joshua Jackson and Elden Henson. The movie was followed by 1994's D2: The Mighty Ducks, which earned $45.6 million and 1996's D3: The Mighty Ducks, which took in $22.9 million. The movies also spawned a short-lived Mighty Ducks animated TV show that debuted in 1996, but only lasted for one season. The success of the first movie lead Anaheim to name their NHL expansion team The Mighty Ducks, but the nickname was later shortened to just the Anaheim Ducks.
ABC Signature Studios has produced a wide array of shows for a number of networks and streaming platforms, such as Showtime's SMILF, Hulu's Marvel's Cloak and Dagger and FXX's Deadpool animated series. Steven Brill made his writing debut with the first Mighty Ducks movie, and he went on to write the two subsequent sequels. He made his directorial debut in 1995 with Heavy Weights, which he also wrote Ready to Rumble and wrote and directed Little Nicky and Walk of Shame. His directing credits also include Mr. Deeds, Without a Paddle, Drillbit Taylor, The Do-Over and last year's Sandy Wexler. The Hollywood Reporter broke the news on this Mighty Ducks TV series earlier today.