The 1992 women’s baseball film A League of Their Own is having a television series based on it, which is being developed by Amazon Studios. The movie was directed by Penny Marshall, and the film starred both Tom Hanks and Geena Davis. The film also featured Lori Petty, Madonna, and Rosie O’Donnell. The classic film about the real All-American Girls Professional Baseball League from 1943. It was formed because World War II had threatened to shut down Major League Baseball during that time.
The half hour comedy is not going to be a close adaptation of the film. Instead, it will be a modern rendition on the story. According to The Hollywood Reporter the logline for the series is, “A League of Their Own is 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 show will begin with the formation of the league in 1943 and follows the Rockford Peaches, season to season as they struggle to keep the team alive through close games, injuries, late night bar crawls, sexual awakenings, not crying and road trips across a rapidly changing United States. The series dives deeper into the issues facing the country while following a ragtag team of women figuring themselves out while fighting to realize their dreams of playing professional baseball.”
Because the deals are not closed as of yet, both Amazon and Sony Pictures Television (which would help produce the series) did not make a comment. However, a mini-writers room is believed to be ready to work on the scripts for the series. This also will not be the first time that the film will be attempted to be made into a series. A sitcom version of it starred Sam McMurray and Carey Lowell which aired in 1993 on CBS; however, the adaptation only lasted five episodes.
Will Graham (Mozart in the Jungle‘s) and Abbi Jacobson (Broad City‘s) will both write and executive produce the adaptation. It is said that they made sure to have both Marshall’s and Davis’ blessing before taking on the project themselves. Just like the film did, the series aims to explore the themes which include prejudice and equality, as well as others.