Is evil something you're naturally born with or is it gradually created based on your surroundings? This is the very quetion the Disney Channel's newest original movie is looking to explore.
Deadline reports that the network is currently gearing up to present a contemporary live-action adventure-comedy called 'Descendants,' that centers around the children of some of Disney’s greatest and most powerful fairytale villains. In fact, casting for the film is already underway.
So how exactly do they plan on doing this? Viewers will be introduced to a present-day idyllic kingdom, where the benevolent teenage son of the (former) Beast and Belle is poised to take the throne. His first proclamation is to offer a shot at redemption to the misbehaving offspring of Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, the Evil Queen from 'Snow White,' and Jafar, who have all been imprisoned on a forbidden island.
These descendants of evil (Carlos, Mal, Evvie and Jay, respectively) will then be admitted into the kingdom's prep school alongside the children of many iconic Disney heroes, including the Fairy Godmother, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, and Mulan. Here the teens must face the age-old dilemma of nature vs. nurture, and decide for themselves whether they’ll follow in their parents’ footsteps or embrace their own inner hero.
Production on the film is slated to begin sometime in the spring for a 2015 premiere on the Disney Channel and will be helmed by 'High School Musical' alum Kenny Ortega.
There's no doubt that many hardcore Disney fans will either be extremely excited by this news or terribly upset that these classic Disney characters' memories are being messed with in any way. But given that 'Once Upon a Time' has been so widely embraced, we have a feeling it won't just be kids hovering around the TV set that year. Plus, who knows what other fairytale favorites we'll get to see.
Are you excited for 'Descendants' (aka 'Once Upon a Time: The High School Years')? Which characters would you like to see make an appearance? Cast your spells in the comments below!