A-League of Their Own – an inspiring feature film about the real-life All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (AAGPBL) from 28 years ago will get its reboot series at Amazon.
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The series order from Amazon came after months of wrapping production for the pilot. Abbi Jacobson and Will Graham from Broad City created an hour-long series pilot as a reinterpretation of the original film.
Jacobson and Graham have both reached out to Penny Marshall (The Director of the original film) before her passing last December 2018. They said that the Amazon take of this film will expand its lens for them to be able to explore more about race and sexuality as they follow women making their paths both in and outside the league.
In a joint statement, Graham and Jacobson said that it took grit, fire, authenticity, wild imagination and humor for the women to achieve their goals and that they’re hoping to impart their stories to the audiences with those qualities.
Aside from Jacobson, Chante Adams, D’Arcy Carden, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Kelly McCormack, Roberta Colindrez and Priscilla Delgado will also star in the film. There will also be recurring guest stars like Molly Ephraim, Kate Berlant and Melanie Field. Surviving members of the AAGPBL served as consultants on the pilot, and they are expected to continue doing so for the series.
The story started with the formation of the real-life AAGPBL in a time when World War II threatened to shut down Major Baseball League. It followed the story of two sisters Dottie (played before by Geena Davis) and Kit (played before by Lori Pretty) who were recruited and played for the Rockford Peaches. Their manager Jimmy Dugan (played by Tom Hanks) was with them throughout the journey. His character was inspired by former big leaguers Jimmie Foxx and Hack Wilson. Madonna, Rosie O’Donnell, Megan Cavanagh and David Strathairn were also part of the original cast.
Vernon Sanders, co-head of television at Amazon said that Will and Abbi reimagined the story and the characters for the new generation with their fresh and modern take on timeless stories about big dreams, friendship, love and baseball.
Sony is also part of this project after they were approached by Will and Abbi three years ago. Amazon, Sony and the people behind the remake is set to show a new but still overlooked set of their stories.
By exploring more on race and sexuality, the film will be able to impart stories closer to the present. The original movie was able to include a short critical moment when a Black woman throws a ball back to Dottie. This scene reflects segregation during that time.
The original film is currently preserved in the U.S National Film Registry because of its portrayal of women’s choices and solidary during the World War II – which was described to be funny and feminist at the same time.
How will the new series incorporate and reflect these critical issues in today’s times? We’re all excited to find out!
With its famous tagline, “There’s no crying in baseball!” we are in for a beautiful treat!
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