It’s the news all die-hard fans of ‘The Mighty Ducks’ have been waiting for. Emilio Estevez is to reprise his role of Coach Gordon Bombay for the Disney+ series.
The new series will be set in present-day Minnesota, where the ‘Ducks’ have evolved from scrappy underdogs to an ultra-competitive, powerhouse youth hockey team.
After twelve-year-old Evan (Brady Noon) is unceremoniously cut from the Ducks, he and his mom Alex (Lauren Graham) set out to build their own ragtag team of misfits to challenge the cutthroat, win-at-all-costs culture of competitive youth sports.
Estevez says in a statement: “Once a Duck, always a Duck!. 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”
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The original ‘Mighty Ducks’ film hits us almost 30 years ago in 1992 and followed Gordan Bombay (Estevez) as he reminisces the day he lost a crucial game for his team, but life gives him a second chance to redeem himself and find new glory, only this time as a coach of a weak kids hockey team.
Directed by Stephen Herek it was the first film in ‘The Mighty Ducks’ film series, it spawned 2 sequels ‘D2’ and D3 to make it a trilogy before coming to its natural end in 1996.
ABC Signature Studios and Steve Brill (creator of the original franchise) are on board as co-creator and executive producer. Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa are also co-creators and are set as showrunners.