June 24, 2014 8:30am PT by Philiana Ng
Disney XD Greenlights 'Pants on Fire' TV Movie (Exclusive)
Disney XD has greenlighted original TV movie Pants on Fire, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Pants on Fire follows 15-year-old Jack Parker (Good Luck Charlie and Mighty Med's Bradley Steven Perry) who has always skated by on his lies; Jack's best friend, Ryan (Diary of a Wimpy Kid's Joshua Ballard); and Mikey (Lab Rats' Tyrel Jackson Williams), a nonexistent teen whom Jack makes up and claims he is tutoring to provide an excuse for tardiness, avoiding chores and homework, and general mayhem. It's a seemingly great plan until one day Mikey shows up in Jack's life for real, as do all of his other lies, including his possessive girlfriend and a duo of alien body-snatchers.
Slated to premiere later this year, the TV movie will air on the male-skewing Disney XD in the U.S. (In Canada, it will air on both Disney XD and Family Channel.)
Principal photography on the MarVista Entertainment/Two 4 the Money Media co-production begins today in Vancouver.
“We received incredible global demand for Radio Rebel, and our previous Disney Channel co-production, 16 Wishes, and we are confident that in working with Disney XD, Pants on Fire will deliver a comedic movie for tweens and teens with a unique boy-attitude spin,” said Fernando Szew, CEO of MarVista.
“It’s a great honor to extend our relationship with the Disney family to produce Pants on Fire for Disney XD,” said Kim Arnott, president of Two 4 the Money Media. “Our partnership with MarVista is invaluable to the process, both from a creative and financial perspective, and we are truly delighted to collaborate again with them on this new movie.”
Jon Rosenbaum (Mighty Med, Austin & Ally) is directing from a script penned by Alex Cramer. Arnott (Radio, The Haunting Hour) is executive producing alongside Szew and Robyn Snyder, MarVista executive vp production and development.
Pants on Fire marks the first collaboration between MarVista and Two 4 the Money Media for Disney XD and is part of a multipicture development deal.