I’m not sure what’s better, that I didn’t know Amazon was developing an adaptation of the movie A League of Their Own, which is only like one of the best – if not THE actual best – sports movie to ever exist, or that I found out because D’Arcy Carden, of The Good Place fame, has joined the project.
This is big, people. No, this is HUGE.
Just in case you aren’t familiar with the original movie (and really, why aren’t you?), here’s what you need to know:
The All-American Girls’ Professional Baseball League was founded in 1943, when most of the men of baseball-playing age were far away in Europe and Asia fighting World War II. The league flourished until after World War II, when, with the men’s return, the league was consigned to oblivion. Director Penny Marshall and screenwriters Lowell Ganz and Babaloo Mandel re-create the wartime era when women’s baseball looked to stand a good chance of sweeping the country. The story begins as a candy-bar tycoon enlists agents to scour the country to find women who could play ball. In the backwoods of Oregon, two sisters — Dottie (Geena Davis) and Kit (Lori Petty) — are discovered. Dottie can hit and catch, while Kit can throw a mean fastball. The girls come to Chicago to try out for the team with other prospects that include their soon-to-be-teammates Mae Mordabito (Madonna), Doris Murphy (Rosie O’Donnell), and Marla Hooch (Megan Cavanagh). The team’s owner, Walter Harvey (Gary Marshall) needs someone to coach his team and he picks one-time home-run champion Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks), who is now a broken-down alcoholic. After a few weeks of training, as Dugan sobers up, the team begins to show some promise. By the end of the season, the team has improved to the point where they are competing in the World Series (which is no big deal, since there are only four teams in the league). – Rotten Tomatoes
Abbi Jacobson will start alongside Carden. The series will once again focus on the Rockford Peaches, and go a bit “deeper into the issues facing the country,” while still “following a ragtag team of women figuring themselves out while fighting to realize their dreams of playing professional baseball.”
You know, like this:
*screams in women’s baseball*
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