The film A League of Their Own was a hit in theaters when it was released it 1992 and left a lasting impression for many young girls and women including myself. The sports comedy follows two sisters as they join the first first female professional baseball league during World War II. The film followed the sisters own personal struggle with each other and also the struggle of keeping an all female league alive while most male athletes are fighting in the war. This week, Amazon Studios announced a reboot of the story has been greenlit as a television series. 

Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson and Mozart in the Jungle’s Will Graham will co-create the series. 

What’s wonderful about this reboot is that the series will go much deeper than the film did. The Geena Davis and Lori Petty led film, while wonderful, was very white and very straight. According to Amazon, “This reinterpretation of A League of Their Own evokes the joyful spirit of Penny Marshall’s beloved classic, while widening the lens to tell the story of an entire generation of women who dreamed of playing professional baseball. The show takes a deeper look at race and sexuality, following the journey of a whole new ensemble of characters as they carve their own paths towards the field, both in the League and outside of it.”

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Jacobson and Graham said in a statement, “28 years ago, Penny Marshall told us a story about women playing professional baseball that up until then had been largely overlooked. 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.”

The series already has an impressive cast including co-creator Jacobson, Chanté Adams, D’Arcy Carden, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Kelly McCormack, Roberta Colindrez, Priscilla Delgado, Molly Ephraim, Kate Berlant and Melanie Field.

 

 

Audrey Kearns