On Tuesday, Variety announced that Disney+’s The Mighty Ducks follow-up series, The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers, will be receiving a second season at the streamer. Following the events of the original film trilogy, The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers sees a new team of scrappy underdog youth hockey players challenge the Ducks for supremacy with the begrudging help of Emilio Estevez’s (The Breakfast Club, Bobby) Gordon Bombay.
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Premiering in March, the family-friendly sports series did well for Disney+, landing an 89% Certified Fresh score from critics on Rotten Tomatoes. Though the precise streaming numbers for The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers have not been released, the news of the series renewal comes less than six months after the series’ debut.
Alongside Estevez, The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers stars Brady Noon (Good Boys. Boardwalk Empire), Dylan Playfair (Letterkenny, Descendants 2), Julee Cerda (Blindspot, Passengers), Maxwell Simkims (Bizaardvark, The Chicken Squad), Swayam Bhatia (Succession, The Quaran-Teen(s)), newcomer Luke Islam, Bella Higginbothan (Troop Zero), Kiefer O’Reilly (Home Before Dark), Taegen Burns (Dumplin’, The Right Stuff), De’Jon Watts (The House with a Clock in Its Wall) and Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls), who likewise serves as an executive producer on the series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, co-creator Steven Brill (Adam Sandler: 100% Fresh, Little Nicky), screenwriter behind The Mighty Ducks original film trilogy, pitched the continuation to Disney+ before the platform even had a name.
While John Stamos’ (Full House, Grandfathered) Big Shot later joined The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers on Disney+ as a scripted series focusing on youth sports, the Ducks had a built-in fanbase from the film series. The Hollywood Reporter cites how The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers plays into Disney+’s marketing strategy of “[leaning] into its parent company’s deep roster of [recognizable] IP.”
Brill plans to further expand on the nostalgia in season two, which will begin production in 2022. According to TVLine, The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers executive producer and co-creator plans to bring back in Joshua Jackson’s (Dawson’s Creek, The Affair) Charlie Conway and Kenan Thompson’s (Saturday Night Live, Kenan) Russ Tyler in the show’s second season.
As Disney+ just announced the season two renewal this week and production won’t begin on the series until next year, a late 2022 release is likely the earliest fans could expect to get their hands on season two of The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers.
With COVID-19 still disrupting production schedules on many television projects, studios, such as Netflix, have considered putting a vaccination mandate in place to protect casts and crews. As Disney has already implemented a similar policy for theme park employees, it’s possible that they’ll follow suit at Disney+ as well, via The Hollywood Reporter. COVID-19 production delays last year forced Graham to leave Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist early to fulfill her dual role as performer and executive producer on The Mighty Ducks: Game Changers.