According to the official D23 website, the Disney Channel has announced a new live-action movie that could, in my opinion, be the beginning of something awesome. The DCOM (Disney Channel Original Movie) is in the early stages of production, and is called Descendants. Sounds ominous, right? That’s probably because Descendants introduces us to the teenage offspring of our favorite Disney Villains, and anything could happen.
According to Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, “We mined Disney’s treasure trove of stories and developed a new, comedic approach to the fabled characters everyone knows and loves. The result is a modern and unexpected re-interpretation of classic heritage characters utilizing contemporary, relatable settings and themes.”
The movie will be directed by Emmy-winner Kenny Ortega (High School Musical).
Here’s what we know: The son of Beast and Belle (from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast) is taking the throne. His first royal proclamation offers a chance at redemption to the trouble-making children of Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, the Evil Queen, and Jafar, who have apparently been imprisoned with all the other villains, sidekicks, step-sisters, and assorted hangers on. The villainous teenage descendants are allowed to attend prep school in the kingdom, which makes them classmates of the Disney heroes’ offspring — heroes include the Fairy Godmother, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and Mulan. All of this sets the stage for the the evil teens to face a dilemma: Follow in their parents’ evil footsteps or do the right thing? You know, the teen years.
Disney’s Descendants sounds very exciting. We’ll keep you updated as filming progresses.
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