6:00am PT by Kimberly Nordyke
Live-Action 'Kim Possible' Movie in the Works at Disney Channel
Disney Channel is making a live-action version of Kim Possible.
Casting has begun on the movie, which will be part of the Disney Channel Original Movie franchise, 16 years after the animated series debuted.
Kim Possible centers on a typical high school girl who, in her spare time, saves the world from evil villains. Along with her hapless sidekick Ron Stoppable and his naked mole-rat Rufus, Kim took on power-hungry villains like Drakken and Shego.
The comedy/adventure series ran for 87 episodes and aired two original animated movies.
The show's creators, Mark McCorkle and Robert Schooley, wrote the script for the live-action movie along with Josh Cagan (The DUFF). McCorkle, Schooley and Zanne Devine — who produced or executive produced films including I, Tonya and Easy A — are executive producers.
The movie is co-directed and co-produced by Adam B. Stein and Zach Lipovsky, who met as finalists on Fox's On the Lot, the directing competition series from Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett. Most recently, they each directed episodes of Disney XD's sci-fi adventure series MECH X-4. Previously, Stein was a staff director for ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live! (2011-13). Among Lipovsky's subsequent credits are Syfy's Tasmanian Devils and a feature adaptation of Dead Rising for Legendary Pictures.
Blyth Nailling (ABC's Last Man Standing) is the casting director.
"Mark and Bob created an enduring character and kids all over the world found a friend in her, an average girl who just happens to spend her off-school hours thwarting evil villains," said Adam Bonnett, executive vp original programming, at Disney Channels Worldwide. "Although Kim Possible 'can do anything,' kids and tweens found that this animated redhead was just like them. As we embark on the fun challenge of making Kim and Ron fully dimensional, I'm thrilled to be working again with Mark and Bob and to welcome the addition of a dynamic creative team — Josh, Zanne, Adam and Zach — into a world where anything is indeed possible."
The original animated series, which premiered in 2002, inspired two animated original movies, Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama in 2005, which was the first animated title in the Disney Channel Original Movie franchise, and Kim Possible: A Stitch in Time in 2003. The show also nabbed an Emmy.
The news comes as Disney Channel prepares to debut another original movie, the music- and dance-filled Zombies, at 8 p.m. Feb. 16, starring Milo Manheim and Meg Donnelly (ABC's American Housewife).
It also comes as Disney's film studio continues to find success with live-action adaptations of beloved animated classics, including last year's Beauty and the Beast and the upcoming Mulan.