1:00pm PT by Kate Stanhope
Disney XD Orders Robot Comedy Series From 'Sonny With a Chance' Creator
Disney XD is adding to its' live-action slate.
The cable channel has given a series order to MECH-X4, a live-action sci-fi comedy series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.
Formerly titled MTX!, the series centers on a team of four teenage boys who take on the responsibility of controlling a giant robot, named MECH-X4, to protect their city from danger.
Newcomer Nathaniel James Potvin stars as Ryan Walker, a freshman at Bay City High who has technopathy — the extraordinary ability to control technology with his mind. His talent mysteriously awakens MECH-X4, which was built by an elusive genius-in-hiding to defend their town against impending doom. Ryan then recruits his older brother and two best friends to help him operate the 120-foot tall robot. However, when monsters suddenly begin to descend upon their city, the four must quickly learn to work together to pilot the robot and save humanity.
The series cast also stars Teen Beach 2 alum Raymond Cham as Ryan's older brother Mark, Kamran Lucas as Ryan's genius friend Harris and Pearce Joza as his quirky friend Spyder.
Creator Steve Marmel (Sonny With a Chance) also exec produces with Anupam Nigam (Defiance). Director Zach Lipovsky will also co-exec produce the project, which is produced by Bay City Productions, Ltd., a subsidiary of Omnifilm Entertainment, Ltd.
Production is currently underway in Vancouver for a scheduled fall 2016 premiere.
"This serialized live-action adventure saga is a new genre for Disney XD, and we’ve assembled a dream team in a cast and crew that commands this action-packed series, masterfully blending high-end visual effects with compelling mythology to bring MECH-X4 to life," said Adam Bonnett, Disney Channels Worldwide's evp original programming.
MECH-X4 joins Disney XD's original live-action series Lab Rats, Kirby Buckets and Gamer's Guide to Pretty Much Everything as well animated entries like Star Wars Rebels. The channel is getting ready to bid farewell to animated hit Gravity Falls on Feb. 15.