I’ve spent all evening reading and re-reading those Variety and Deadline articles regarding a Darkwing Duck spin-off reportedly in development by Point Grey Pictures. I know I should be excited about this news breaking (and I am excited to see DW in headlines), but there are a few things in the articles that trouble me, and have my head spinning.
Let me begin by fessing up to something. We have known about a Darkwing Duck reboot for well over a year. We won’t betray the trust of our sources, but we’ve been anticipating this day for a long, long time. But… this isn’t what we have been expecting. This news doesn’t match what we know about what we presume is a continuation of the Darkwing Duck characters introduced in DuckTales 2017. For these reasons I have read these articles with some skepticism. With that said, let’s take a look at the information released today.
The Variety Article
Let’s begin with the Variety article. Joe Otterson reported that they learned about the series from sources, and that a “Darkwing Duck” reboot is in early development at Disney Plus. They go on to say that representatives from Point Grey declined to comment on the news. We don’t know who the sources are, but this exclusive news is not a press release or an official announcement.
Later in the article Otterson wrote, “Should the project go to series,…” This project is so early in development that it is not officially a series. Could it be that this was a pitch from Point Grey? Variety’s article says the series does not have a writer attached, but that seems odd . Otterson also states that Seth Rogan, Evan Goldberg, and James Weaver will be executive producers while Alex McAtee will be in charge of the project.
The Deadline Article
Shortly after Variety’s article Denise Petski’s article was published at Deadline. Petski’s article states there isn’t a writer, but Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will executive produce the show through Point Grey. Deadline does add they have confirmed the reboot is in early development at Disney Television Animation.
I know a lot of us are excited and a little freaked out right now. I know I am having a hard time considering that this might happen without continuing the story of Drake, Gosalyn, and Launchpad from DT17. At this time I don’t know that I am convinced that this series is happening. I think there is enough information in these articles to say that at least there was a pitch for this series, and that it may possibly be picked up in the future for Disney+.
And keep in mind these articles say there are no writers currently attached to this project (which further leads me to believe it is a pitch because… nothing has been written yet), and maybe the plan could be to include some of the writers from DT17…? Maybe?
What do you think about this rumored series? Would you be excited for a Disney+ reboot that may not be connected to the DT17 version of the characters?