Move over, Netflix — a major power grab is at play. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Amazon Studios is reportedly bringing a movie of cult-classic proportions to the small screen: 1992’s A League of Their Own. Given that Drew Barrymore just shot down an E.T. reboot, the fact that Penny Marshall’s baseball flick is getting the TV treatment is the good news all nostalgic viewers need right now.
Further proof the series would be a grand slam with audiences? Broad City co-creator Abbi Jacobson will be co-writing and co-executive producing alongside Mozart in the Jungle co-director Will Graham. In other words, Amazon is really stacking their team.
Here’s what else we know about the still-in-development series so far.
Unlike in Broad City, Jacobson will not have an on-screen role. Rather, her work will be done behind the camera. It’s admittedly kind of a bummer but not a deal breaker. What may be for some viewers, though, is the reality that the new series will not feature the OG film’s main characters Dottie and Kit (played by Geena Davis and Lori Petty, respectively).
No word yet on whether or not Tom Hanks, who played Coach Jimmy Dugan, will make any sort of cameo. To be honest, we’d settle for any of the main gang showing up: the package deal of Mae and Dorris (Madonna and Rosie O’Donnell), “what a hitter” Marla Hooch (Megan Cavanagh), Betty “Spaghetti” (Tracy Reiner), Stillwell “Angel” (Justin Scheller), Shirley Baker (Ann Cusack), Helen Haley (Anne Ramsey) or beauty queen Ellen Sue (Freddie Simpson).
Based on the official logline, it sounds like the Amazon series will create its own modern take on the story:
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 dream of playing professional baseball.
OK, Amazon, we see you. Having a series based on one of the best nostalgic movies made is exciting enough. But to have a series co-written by a woman and featuring a nearly all-female cast exploring real issues affecting women? We’re all in. Women need to see their voices reflected on-screen more, and girls need to know that women’s stories hold as much value in the world as men’s.
Let the countdown commence to the new generation’s roster of girls getting “dirt in the skirt.”