Earlier today Disney announced Descendants, a new live action project slated for the Disney Channel that involves a cast of Disney’s greatest villains . . . kids. That’s right Kenny Ortega (High School Musical) has been put in the director’s seat to bring to the small screen the offspring of Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, the Evil Queen and Jafar as they join the rest of the kids of Disney’s heroes and princesses at the Kingdom’s one and only Prep school.
This could be the best thing ever, or it could be a colossal train wreck waiting to happen. The made for TV movie is officially described:
In a present day idyllic kingdom, the benevolent teenaged son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from Disney’s iconic Beauty and the Beast) is poised to take the throne. His first proclamation: offer a chance at redemption to the trouble-making offspring of Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, the Evil Queen and Jafar who have been imprisoned on a forbidden island with all the other villains, sidekicks, evil step-mothers and step-sisters. These villainous descendants (Carlos, Mal, Evvie and Jay, respectively) are allowed into the kingdom to attend prep school alongside the offspring of iconic Disney heroes including Fairy Godmother, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Mulan. However, the evil teens face a dilemma. Should they follow in their nefarious parents’ footsteps and help all the villains regain power or embrace their innate goodness and save the kingdom?
The casting for this is what will make or break it. Will any big name stars get attached? Who would you want to see cast in which roles? I would imagine there will be some dancing and singing involved, you don’t bring in a guy with Ortega’s background unless you do.
I can totally see this being adapted into some kind of traveling “On-Ice” show.