The Ducks are back! Although there are very few details at this point, it has been reported that a new live-action television series based on The Mighty Ducks movies is now in the early planning stages.
ABC Signature Studios, which focuses exclusively on television shows for cable and streaming platforms, is developing the show with help from some of the original creators.
Steven Brill, who wrote all three of the original Mighty Ducks movies, first proposed a new TV series, along with original producer Jordan Kerner.
One of the biggest questions now hanging over the series is whether it’s a complete reboot or a follow-up to the original movie trilogy.
In fact, details about the new Mighty Ducks series are being kept so secretive that it’s not even known yet whether it will be a half-hour comedy or an hourlong drama (or “dramedy”).
The first Mighty Ducks movie was released in 1992 and starred Emilio Estevez as an attorney forced to coach a pee-wee hockey team as community service for a drunk driving arrest.
D2: The Mighty Ducks arrived two years later in 1994 and was followed by D3: The Mighty Ducks in 1996, which shifted the focus to Joshua Jackson’s character, Charlie Conway.
Also in 1996, Disney launched an animated series called Mighty Ducks that was only tangentially related to the movie franchise.
The cartoon took place in an alternate universe and starred a group of hockey-playing anthropomorphic ducks on the planet Puckworld.
The success of the first film in the series led Disney to found their own NHL team in 1993 called the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim. After the company sold the team in 2005, the new owners shortened the name to the Anaheim Ducks. In the 2006-2007 that followed, the team claimed their first (and so far only) Stanley Cup championship against the Ottawa Senators.