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1990s nostalgia is leaving no stone unturned. With shows like Fuller House, Will and Grace, and Roseanne, attracting good crowds, studios are doubling down on bringing old favorites to the small screen. Next up to bat is A League of Their Own, a baseball movie classic that is getting turned into a TV series by Amazon. While no talent has yet been attached, Amazon is looking to Mozart in the Jungle's Will Graham and Broad City's Abbi Jacobson to bring the new project to life.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Will Graham and Abbi Jacobson will co-write and executive produce the project, with Hailey Wierengo (of Amazon Studios-based Field Trip Productions) also executive producing. The show will not be a "traditional reboot" and will be more of a modern take on the story. The series is being envisioned as a half-hour comedy "infusing the warmth, humor, and DNA of the classic film while taking a contemporary spin on the stories of the women surrounding the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League." The story will begin with the formation of the league in 1943 and follow the Rockford Peaches season after season as they struggle to bond with each other and keep the team together in a rapidly changing United States.
At this point in time, the project is only in development at Amazon, with a mini-writers room working on scripts before the streaming giant makes a decision. At this point, no cast members of the original movie are set to appear in the show. The main characters of the movie, Dottie (Geena Davis) and her sister Kit (Lori Petty), will not be featured on the show. Madonna, Rosie O'Donnell, Megan Cavanagh, and Tom Hanks made up the original film cast, but it's unknown at this point if their characters will be included as well or if the show will start fresh with original characters. Abbi Jacobson, who stars in Broad City, will not be an actor on the show (sorry to have to crush that hope for you).
This is actually the second time that A League of Their Own has gotten the movie treatment. It was turned into a TV show on CBS that included some of the cast of the movie, but it was short-lived.
A League of Their Own is a pretty great movie that is definitely worthy of a TV show. It's funny and full of heart, while not losing any edge when tackling subjects like prejudice and equality. While it's tough to imagine how the original cast could be involved with the project, it sounds like it will still have the same spirit, which is really the most important thing. As long as one person shouts "there's no crying in baseball!!!" in every episode, this show should get all the Emmys.
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