OK, we’ll allow a little bit of crying in baseball. Just this once.
Amazon announced today that it has officially picked up to series its previously announced reboot of A League of Their Own. The project was created by Abbi Jacobson (Broad City) and Will Graham (Mozart in the Jungle) and will “reimagine” the 1992 baseball film directed by Penny Marshall. Jacobson will also star. The announcement came along with a first look at some new characters.
“Will and Abbi have taken a classic movie, reimagining it for a new generation with new characters and their own fresh, modern vision on a timeless story of big dreams, friendship, love, and, of course, baseball,” said Vernon Sanders, Co-Head of Television, Amazon Studios. We’re so excited to partner with Sony to bring this emotional, exciting new series to our Prime Video customers around the world.”
1992’s A League of Their Own told a fictionalized account of a real all-women baseball league. The All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) was founded in 1943 when America’s involvement in World War II meant that male professional baseball players were drafted or volunteered to serve in the war effort. The film starred Geena Davis, Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, and Lori Petty as baseball players, and Tom Hanks as their reluctant manager. In 2012, the Library of Congress selected the film for preservation in the National Film Registry.
Amazon’s reboot will be an hour-long series and will take a fresh approach to the original film’s concept. The series will take place in the AAGPBL but will feature a new cast of characters. The show will also take a deeper look at race and sexuality, per the streamer.
“28 years ago, Penny Marshall told us a story about women playing professional baseball that up until then had been largely overlooked,” said Graham and Jacobson. “We grew up obsessed with the film, like everyone else. Three years ago, we approached Sony with the idea of telling a new, still overlooked set of those stories. With the help of an enormously talented team of collaborators, an amazing cast, and the devoted support of Amazon to this project, we feel beyond lucky and excited to get to bring these characters to life. It took grit, fire, authenticity, wild imagination and a crackling sense of humor for these players to achieve their dreams. We’re hoping to bring audiences a story with all of those qualities.”
In addition to Jacobson, the cast of A League of Their Own will be made up of Chanté Adams, D’Arcy Carden, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Kelly McCormack, Roberta Colindrez, and Priscilla Delgado. Molly Ephraim, Kate Berlant, and Melanie Field are set to recur.
No release date has been announced yet for A League of Their Own but fingers-crossed it arrives in time for a (full) baseball season.