Amazon Picks up ‘A League of Their Own’ SeriesBy Jamie Rollo
Aug. 7 2020, Updated 6:35 p.m. ET
Amazon picked up a series adaption of Penny Marshall’s 1992 film A League of Their Own. Co-created by Broad City’s Abbi Jacobson, Will Graham and Sony Pictures TV, the series will serve as a “fresh approach” to the original, beloved movie.
According to Amazon, “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.” Jacobson will be starring in the show alongside Chanté Adams, D’Arcy Carden, Gbemisola Ikumelo, Kelly McCormack, Roberta Colindrez and Priscilla Delgado.
Amazon has been outspoken about their support of the new series. Vernon Sanders, Co-Head of Television at Amazon Studios, said in a statement, “Will and Abbi have taken a classic movie, reimagining it 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. We’re so excited to partner with Sony to bring this emotional, exciting new series to our Prime Video customers around the world.”
The original A League of Their Own is considered to be a huge part of film history. At its release, it grossed $132 million worldwide and back in 2012, the Library of Congress selected it for preservation in the U.S National Film Registry.
“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,” Graham and Jacobson said in a joint statement. “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.”