Your mileage may vary when it comes to your feelings on reboots and sequels and prequels and remakes, but one of the most remarkable things about this era of extensions of existing franchises is how willing the original stars are to return to their old roles.
Fresh off returning to Star Wars, Harrison Ford is making another Indiana Jones movie. Despite finishing their franchises years ago, both Tobey Maguire and Andrew Garfield are rumored to appear in this winter’s Spider-Man: No Way Home, along with several old villains who will also be played by the original actors.
Even Cobra Kai, which was one of the first successes of this new string of sequel/reboot hybrids, brought back as many people as it could from the original films. Season 4 is even going to have Michael Ian Griffith as Terry Silver, a character hardly anyone remembers or cares about!
Disney+ is no fool, and so when they decided to bring back their Mighty Ducks franchise, they followed a bit of the Cobra Kai blueprint: start fresh with a new cast of youngsters and bring back the face of the franchise. Unfortunately, it seems that after a successful first season, Emilio Estevez and Gordon Bombay won’t be returning to Game Changers for season two.
Estevez starred in the series as Bombay, the same character he played in the film franchise, alongside Lauren Graham (Gilmore Girls, Bad Santa) and Brady Noon. The series takes place now, back in Minnesota, and the Ducks are now the privileged evil empire of the series, a dominant team that rose from its humble Bombay-led beginnings to dominate the youth hockey scene. But when one 12-yr-old (Noon), he and his mom (Graham) start their own team of misfits, much like the original ducks, and Bombay comes along for the ride. And now it seems he’ll be getting off it.
Disney and Estevez were unable to come to an agreement re: the studio’s vaccine mandate and announced that they declined to pick up the Young Guns’ star’s contract for season 2. The rest of the cast will return, including Graham, Noon, and the team (Maxwell Simkins, Swayam Bhatia, Luke Islam, Kiefer O’Reilly, Taegen Burns, Bella Higginbotham, and DJ Watts). Oh, and Kenan will likely cameo. Fans will have to wait and see how Bombay is written out, and who, if anyone, comes along to take his place.
Might I suggest his brother Charlie?