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Disney announces return of ‘Mighty Ducks’ franchise in new series

It seems the Ducks are ready to fly together once again.

More than two decades after the third instalment of the popular Mighty Ducks franchise — the name of which inspired that of Anaheim’s NHL franchise in the early ’90s — Disney has announced a new turn for Gordon Bombay and Co. with a new series titled ‘The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers.’

Disney announced the project Thursday during its Disney Investor Day 2020. Emilio Estevez will return as coach Bombay, while Lauren Graham — of Gilmore Girls fame — joins the franchise for the new series as well.

Don’t expect the same feel-good vibes coming from those in Ducks sweaters this time around, though. According to TV Guide, the new series will pit Graham and a new team of misfits against the Ducks, who are shown to have grown into a local on-ice behemoth in the years following the Charlie Conway Era.

“The new series is set in present-day Minnesota, where the Mighty Ducks have evolved from scrappy underdogs to an ultra-competitive youth hockey powerhouse,” writes TV Guide‘s Kelly Connolly.

“Graham is set to star as hockey mom Alex. When her 12-year-old son, Evan, is unceremoniously cut from the Ducks, the two set out to put together their own team of misfits and, in the words of the show’s official description, ‘challenge the cutthroat, win-at-all-costs culture of competitive youth sports.'”

A release date has yet to be announced for the series.

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