Disney Channel has ordered two original animated series – Amphibia, from Annie Award-winning director Matt Braly (Disney’s Gravity Falls), and The Owl House, from Dana Terrace, one of Variety’s 10 Animators to Watch.
The Network has also renewed Star vs. The Forces of Evil for a fourth season.
Casting has begun on a live-action Kim Possible movie for the Disney Channel Original Movie franchise, 16 years after the popular character – a typical high school girl who, in her spare time, saves the world from evil villains – debuted in the animated comedy/adventure series that became a global hit.
The Disney channel Original Movie will be written by the original series’ creators, Mark McCorkle and Robert Schooley – and Josh Cagan.
Disney Channel is updating the Disney classic Freaky Friday as a musical comedy starring Heidi Blickenstaff and Cozi Zuehlsdorff as the mother and daughter who find their minds in each others’ bodies. The movie will be based on Disney Theatrical Productions’ stage adaptation of the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and Disney’s popular feature films of the same name.
Freaky Friday will be directed by Steve Carr for a 2018 premiere.
Vampirina follows Transylvanian transplant Vampirina (aka “Vee”) as she faces the joys and trials of being the new kid in town including making friends and attending a new school in the human world – and as her family adjusts to their very different Pennsylvania neighborhood.
Vampirina premieres on disney Channel and Disney Jr. simultaneously on October 1st – and will be featured in exclusive Disney Junior at the Movies – HalloVeen Party! screenings presented by Fathom Events.
Production has begun on Disney’s “Zombies,” a music- and dance-filled story about a groundbreaking semester at Seabrook High School; the pride and joy of Seabrook, a suburban town preoccupied with uniformity, traditions and pep rallies.
That is until transfer students from Zombietown integrate into the school and a cheerleader and zombie football star, Addison and Zed, fall in love. Now, amid chaos and confusion, it’s up to them to lead their community to coexistence.
Descendants 2 – the further adventures of the children of some of Disney’s most evil villains – is set to premiere on Disney Channel, ABC, Disney XD, Freeform and Lifetime on Friday, July 21st (8/7C).
In Descendants 2, Ursula’s daughter Uma stirs her pirate gang including Captain Hook’s son Harry and Gaston’s son Gil, to break the barrier between the Isle of the Lost and Auradon, and unleash all the villains imprisoned on the Isle, once and for all.
Disney Channel has greenlit Raven’s Home – a sequel series/spin-off to the network’s hit That’s So Raven.
The series will pick up with Raven and Chelsea, who are now divorced single mothers raising their two separate families in one chaotic, but fun household full of friends. When one of Raven’s kids begins to show signs that they have inherited her trait of catching glimpses of the future, the already hectic household gets turned upside down, keeping even Raven on her toes.
Raven Symoné and Anneliese van der Pol (above right) return as Raven and Chelsea.
Production will begin later this month with an eye toward a premiere later this year.