Few sports stories have managed to linger in the public consciousness quite like the Mighty Ducks have.
Two decades of sports movies to follow it, from Coach Carter, to The Blindside, to series' like Last Chance U, will all eventually be measured by the benchmark like Disney's Ice Hockey epic did back in the '90s. For many kids growing up at that time, The Mighty Ducks taught us to dream — to go beyond.
It may have arrived in an era where kids sports movies were a dime a dozen, often coming from Disney themselves, but it was undoubtedly the most enduring of the lot. In 1993, a year after The Mighty Ducks was released, Disney famously named their newly founded NHL team after them, which could go down as one of the most out-there examples of movie marketing in history.
To this day, they remain the Anaheim Ducks, and although they're no-longer owned by Disney, as long as they keep the Ducks name alive, the legacy of The Mighty Ducks will continue. Not bad for a film that only sits on a 23% Rotten Tomatoes rating, huh?
Now, over two decades since D2: The Mighty Ducks crashed onto movie screens showing many of the former Ducks representing the USA, the story of the Mighty Ducks is finally set to receive a reboot. The dream of every sports-obsessed 90s kid just came true.
The Hollywood Reporter initially claimed last year that the rag-tag bunch from Minneapolis will return in a new show penned and produced by The Mighty Ducks' original creators. They said that the series was in development for ABC, but it's since been revealed that Disney now plan on bringing the series back to life for their Disney+ streaming service, which is set to launch later this year.
Slashfilm have revealed that the series will run in half-hour episodes, which are supposedly meant to be shot from February until June 2020. According to leaked details, the plot will go thus: "After getting kicked off the junior division Mighty Ducks team, a 13-year-old boy and his mom decide to start their own team, finding players, a coach, and a place to play."
Naturally, these leaked plot details have old-time fans of the franchise worried. The original franchise follows a no-nonsense lawyer who comes to coach the thrown-together team as part of community service for drunk driving, which while a little bit darker than Disney would like for a kids story these days, has a much more realistic, relatable air to it than just another sports story.
We'll be sure to bring you more details on the reboot as they arrive. For more news on Disney+, here's every show and movie coming to the streaming service.