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The ‘A League of Their Own’ Reboot Aims High–But Will They Drop The Ball?

As the old saying from the first film goes, "anything worth doing is worth doing right." Whether this reimagined reboot resonates with a new generation whilst holding onto "the spirit" of the original is yet to be seen. But so far, that's what we've been promised.
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If you haven’t heard, Amazon will soon be dropping a reboot series based on A League of Their Own.

Inspired by the classic 1992 film, this reimagined series might be sliding into our must-watch lists at just the right time. Frankly, revisiting this beloved movie seems like a long-overdue idea.

But maybe not.

Thanks to the OG story’s eternal popularity and historical significance, it’s likely not the easiest blockbuster to revamp. Plus, since long-overdue change is a key part of the message, the series cannot be exactly like the OG movie and do it justice.

The highly anticipated reboot has to offer something more and, well, stand in a league of its own. Here’s how the series creators say they aim to do just that.

The Reboot Is Breaking New Ground

The original comedy-drama film gave a fictional account of the first female baseball league. The reboot will do the same, but they’ll also be broaching issues far beyond the baseball field.

Reportedly, the Amazon series will thoughtfully maintain what made the OG premise special, but the 2021 take is expanding the Penny Marshall classic in fun, modern, and much-needed ways.

The official press release says we’re re-entering the very real world of ’40s era women’s baseball, but taking “a deeper look at race and sexuality” this time around the bases.

A League of Their Own
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In other words, “the truth is more important than the facts” is a sentiment that still rings true. But for the reboot, more truths are being explored. In turn, the reimagined series might make up for what the film didn’t dive all the way into or avoided altogether.

And I’m not crying about all of the empowering possibilities, you’re crying! Okay, maybe we’re all crying. Deal with that, Tom Hanks!

Speaking of the iconic cast, we can expect some major changes in that department as well.

The Cast Is Evolving, But There’s At Least One Big Cameo

A League of Their Own was unforgettable for many reasons. For starters, it was headlined by some major league acting and 90s star power.

The hit movie’s leading lineup included Geena Davis, Tom Hanks, Lori Petty, Rosie O’Donnell, and Madonna. However, there were certain aspects that kept the heavily fictionalized flick from reaching its most meaningful potential, including its noticeable lack of diversity.

Those creating the series are leaning heavily on inclusion this time, as they should. We’ll reportedly be meeting a more diverse cast, but plot points remain under wraps.

Breaking OG cast molds, Chanté Adams, D’Arcy Carden, Roberta Colindrez, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Kelly McCormack, Priscilla Delgado, and Nick Offerman have all signed on.

Per Deadline, Rosie O’Donnell is taking on a new role in the series. Reportedly, she’s playing a queer bartender. How many more familiar faces from the iconic movie will we see in the reboot? Thus far, we haven’t been promised many cameos. But a girl can dream.

Creators Dream Up a “Modern Vision” of a “Timeless Story”

Abbi Jacobson
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For the reboot, creators (and stars) Will Graham and Abbi Jacobson have decided to rework old plotlines and see how to bring the ’40s dream team into the future.

Jacobson and Graham have reimagined the series “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.”

In a statement released by Amazon, the series masterminds revealed:

“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.”

Obviously, we’re hoping for the same.

Will The Reboot Measure Up and Move Us Forward?

I don’t know about you, but I trust the creators of Broad City and Mozart in the Jungle to take an inventive, hilarious, and thoughtful whack at A League of Their Own.

Both Graham and Jacobson claim they’re just as obsessed with the original film as everyone else, after all. So how could they not hit it out of the park, right?

There’s just one obvious catch.

The movie’s lasting legacy is unavoidably attached to the reboot. And so, it’s crucial to get the final result “just right,” no matter how notably tricky.

Pleasing everybody won’t do A League of Their Own true justice. If the reboot is going to breathe new life into the OG story and hold onto its “spirit,” it has to move forward to do so.

Unknown plot points aside, it sounds like the series creators and cast are ready to hit a home run.