With the right story, the proper cast and a bit of Gordon Bombay magic, a Mighty Ducks sequel could be in the cards for fans of the Quack Attack.
This news comes to us via Eric Dodds of Time (h/t Ben Sin of Extra Mustard), who published a lengthy and engrossing oral history of the Mighty Ducks trilogy on Monday in celebration of the film’s recent 20th anniversary.
Of the many treasures in Dodds’ writeup, the biggest takeaway for some will be the news dropped by actor Joshua Jackson and Mighty Ducks producer Jordan Kerner, who both said they’d be interested in filming a Mighty Ducks 4.
Jackson, who played Charlie Conway in the Mighty Ducks trilogy, said another film needs to be made so the joy of hockey can be passed on to to future generations:
'I feel like a fourth film should happen, and if there was space for any of the original kids that come back and have a role, I would be surprised that anybody didn’t want to do it,' Jackson said. 'The next generation should have its own version [of The Mighty Ducks]. Not that we need to come back as adults, but I hope my kids grow up and play pickup hockey and I hope they have their own movies like my generation had those movies...I’d be a part of something like that.'
Kerner provides a more concrete look at the situation, saying he’s had several discussions with Disney about a sequel but has yet to find the “right” story for a fourth movie.
'There have been a number of times that we have discussed with the studio the idea of either bringing it back and bringing it back possibly with one or two of the guys who are now in their thirties as the coaches, and having a few more of them be their friends in their lives and having the kids come back,' Kerner said. 'I’ve been pitched a story two or three times. It hasn’t been the right story yet, but the idea of doing that is something Steve and I have talked about and actually Disney and I have talked about. So I’m not going to fuel the rumor mill that it’s going to happen, but I’m saying to you that the studio said to us, "We’d be interested if you come to us with the right story."'
In other words, you might not want to hold your breath, but a sequel is on the studio’s radar.
While there may be no timeline for development or even an approved story, there’s nothing Hollywood loves more than reviving old franchises and cashing in on the viewing public’s nostalgia.
With that said, I’d place the plausibility level of another Mighty Ducks firmly in the green. They may not make a "sequel" in line with the franchise's former films, but I think it’s less an “if” than a “when” in terms of an eventual reboot for Bombay and the gang.
After all, if DC Comics can justify making a Green Lantern movie, why wouldn’t Disney give one of the most roundly enjoyed children’s films of the last 20 years a chance to skate back onto the screen?
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