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Disney+ Greenlights Pilot for Reimagining ‘Witch Mountain’ Film Franchise – Cinelinx

Disney+ Greenlights Pilot for Reimagining ‘Witch Mountain’ Film Franchise – Cinelinx

Disney+ today announced a pilot greenlight for Witch Mountaina reimagining of the successful film series.

The series is a modern reinvention of the cult classic that takes place in the shadow of Witch Mountainfollowing two teenagers who develop strange abilities and discover their sleepy suburb may not be as idyllic as it seems.

Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World: Dominion) stars as Audrey, Tia’s devoted and loving mother. Her husband died of a mental illness, and she tries to reassure a nervous Tia that she shows no signs of following her father’s dark spiral. A warm mama bear type, but like everyone in this town, not everything is as it seems.

Howard is a multi-hyphenate creator who continues to work both on screen and behind the camera. As an actress, she recently starred with Chris Pratt in Universal’s Jurassic World franchise and the next player in Matthew Vaughn’s spy thriller Argyll for Apple TV+. Earlier this year, Howard lent his voice to the Star Wars character Yaddlein the Disney+ animated seriesTales of the Jedi. Howard is repped by Entertainment 360, WME and Johnson Shapiro Slewett & Kole.

Isabel Gravitt (The Watcher), Levi Miller (Streamline), Bianca “b” Norwood (We crashed) and Jackson Kelly (Right man ) has been cast in the pilot.

Travis Fickett and Terry Matalas co-wrote the pilot and are executive producers; Augustine Frizzell (“Euphoria”) will direct and is an executive producer on the pilot. John Fox and John Davis of Davis Entertainment are producing in addition to Gary Marsh. Disney Branded Television series are produced by ABC Signature, part of Disney Television Studios.

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The cast announced so far is as follows:

  • Isabel Gravitt (series regular) as “Tia”, a straight-A student who is seen by her classmates as “perfect”, even though she sees herself as flawed. Terrified of failure, she is plagued by nightmares and fears that her late father’s schizophrenia is starting to show in her. Tia has “hallucinations” where people around her step outside their living bodies and express their deepest, darkest fears and desires and rages. Gravitt is known for her series regular role as “Ellie Brannock” in Netflix’s limited series “The Watcher”. She debuted in CBS’s pilot “The History of Us” and had recurring roles on ABC’s “American Housewife” and Hulu’s “Little Fires Everywhere.” Gravitt is represented by Buchwald and Randy James Management.
  • Levi Miller (series regular) as “Ben”, a troubled teenager who makes ends meet by writing assignments for other students, but he has a hot temper and if he hits another student, he gets expelled. Ben is best friends with Corey, his colleague at the diner. He has recently made a disturbing discovery about himself, he can force others around him to move according to his will, and it is something that inexplicably draws him in Tia’s direction. Miller is best known for his roles in ‘Pan’, ‘A Wrinkle in Time’ and ‘Better Watch Out’. He was most recently seen in the indie film ‘Streamline’, also stars in Sony’s ‘Kraven the Hunter’ and is attached to the upcoming UK indie film ‘Beach Boys’. Miller is repped by Verve, Rogue Management in the UK, Eaton Management in Australia and attorneys Fred Toczek and Jared Bloc.
  • Bianca “b” Norwood (series regular) as “Corey”, Ben’s closest friend, an outsider with tattoos, Corey is a very mature teenager who feels older than they are. They are one step away from expulsion and put more emphasis on looking like a My Chemical Romance song turned anime fan. Corey works at the local diner with Ben and is in his circle of trust, but doesn’t appreciate it when he tries to act as their protector. Norwood most recently starred in the New York Theater Workshop production of “American (Tele)visions.” Most recently, they can be seen in the AppleTV+ series “We Crashed,” as well as the Showtime series “Let the Right One In,” and can be heard voicing a lead role in the new QCODE fantasy podcast series “Birds of Empire. ” Norwood is represented by Innovative and Authentic Talent and Literary Management.
  • Jackson Kelly(series regular) as “Peter”, Tia’s closest male friend. Peter is lovesick when it comes to Tia, but she is oblivious to his charm, and equally oblivious to his devotion. But when Tia expresses her concerns about the seemingly impossible events around them, she learns that Peter’s observant, cautious nature may be an asset in unraveling the mystery surrounding them. Jackson has a busy year ahead of him with the release of his major recurring role in the highly anticipated AMC series “Straight Man” and “Hard Miles.” He is currently starring in the fifth installment of the cult Shudder series ‘V/H/S/99’. Kelly is represented by Talent Works and 11:11 Entertainment.
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No firm production or release dates have yet been announced, so stay tuned and watch this space.

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