The 1992 classic directed by Penny Marshall, A League of Their Own (A very special team), prepares his return… to television. The iconic film starring Tom Hanks, Geena Davis Y madonna about the pioneering women who fought for their right to play professional baseball in the 1940s, will make a comeback with a reimagined version by abby jacobson (Broad City) Y Will Graham (Mozart in the Jungle).
Just like the original, the new A League of Their Own (A Very Special Team) aims to be a delightful ensemble comedy that follows a group of women who dedicated their lives to baseball at the height of World War II. Graham Y Jacobson are lifelong fans of the Marshall movie, and they say their goal was to honor and recapture the joy of the original film, while also telling deep new stories about the league, as the new series is not a remake of the filmbut will feature new characters.
“We both loved the movie,” Graham tells Entertainment Weekly. “We grew up with the film, and the more we started to explore the real stories behind it, we saw that here was an opportunity to tell a story that was broader and included a lot of perspectives that weren’t there the first time. we wanted to do it with the same heart, humor and unassuming fun that made everyone love the movie“.
Much of the new A League of Their Own will focus on the women who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League, a traveling league formed in 1943. Jacobson’s character (who appeared in last year’s The Mitchels vs. The Machines) Carson Shaw is one of those players , a gifted catcher who leaves small town to pursue her dreams with the Rockford Peaches. Along the way, she meets and plays alongside other women, including, Melanie Field as Jo Deluca, Molly Ephraim as Maybelle Fox, Priscilla Delgado as Esti Gonzalez, Kate Berlant like Shirley Cohen and D’Arcy Carden from The Good Place as Greta Gill. In the meantime, Nick Offermanthe very Ron Swanson from Parks and Recreationplays the Peaches’ male coach.
Marshall’s original movie too alluded to the racism faced by many female baseball players, and in one of its pivotal scenes, an unnamed black woman shows off her throwing arm. Jacobson and Graham wanted the show to further explore the intersection of race and women’s baseball, citing real-life black female players such as Mamie Johnson, Toni Stone Y Connie Morgan, who broke barriers by playing with men in the Negro league. In the program, Chante Adams will play Max Chapman, a young black baseball player with similar dreams of stardom, who will be joined by Gbemisola Ikumelo.
Jacobson and Graham say they relied heavily on historical research, speaking with several real-life athletes who played in the 1940s, such as Maybelle Blairand also consulted with Marshall about the project, before the filmmaker’s devastating death in 2018. One of the things they learned was how the league was considered a “party” for queer and lesbian women of the timean aspect that its two creators were also very interested in exploring.
“We’re both gay, and that’s a big part of this story, as people have started to realize in recent years,” says Graham. “I think for me, the most exciting part was that in a lot of pre-Stonewall stories, you don’t hear many queer period stories that have a happy ending. For the most part, someone invents something really extraordinary, and then they get murdered or something horrible happens to them. Here, this is a story about people who may not have fallen in love with the people the world wanted, but they had a dream and they found a way to do it, to fall in love and do what they wanted to do.”
And while the show, like the movie, can sometimes tackle heavy topics, Graham and Jacobson say their main goal was to preserve the joy and comedy that made them fall in love with the original film. After all, as any movie fan can tell you, in baseball you don’t cry.
“Each and every woman we’ve talked to and the stories we’ve read knew that they were living in one of the most turbulent times in history, where things were radically changing around them, just like we are now.” Graham says. “All the rules were changing and somehow, in the midst of that change, they managed to find themselves and get a clear idea of who they were. And they got to play ball, which is what everyone says they want to do. They loved the sound of the bat, the sound of the tacos. For me, and I think for Abbi too, It has been a life changer to be immersed in those stories“.
A League of Their Own will premiere this summer in Amazon Prime Video. Meanwhile, the movie Penny Marshall starring Tom HanksGeena Davis Y madonna It is available for digital purchase on YouTube and iTunes.
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