Franchise star Emilio Estevez will not return for the second season of Disney Plus’ nostalgia-enriched Mighty Ducks series Game Changers, Deadline reports. The veteran actor has left the studio, reportedly due to his unwillingness to provide evidence of vaccination in response to the studio’s mandatory requirement that all cast members in Zone A productions do so.
(Zone A are basic parts of a movie or TV production where the cameras are; therefore, it typically covers the people on the set who are unable to wear masks, usually due to they are busy shopping.)
The whole thing is a bit foggy, as neither Disney nor Estevez’s people have been worthy of commenting on the development. Deadline citing sources close to the Estevez people, who say that the decision was as much about creative differences in the streaming series as it was about attitudes to vaccine requirements, while the actor is only stated to have “refused to give assurances that he would abide by the policy. ”
It became a problem as the second season of the series got closer as it wanted to know if Estevez could be ready to repeat the role of Gordon Bombay, probably influence some of the creative decisions in the second year of the series. And so Disney announced today that they were expiring their option on Estevez, which ensured that Lauren Graham and her various children ducks had to clap on without him.
Game Changers was relatively well received when it debuted at Disney + in March 2021, and told a story that – true to the movies – put more emphasis on good sportsmanship and fun times than on scoring victories. Estevez received praise for his return to the franchise as an older, even more sad and sour version of Bombay Grade.
Game Changers‘ second season, now Estevez-less, is expected to begin filming early next year.