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Sequel in development for Disney Channel's hit movie 'Descendants'


Thu, Oct 15th 2015 02:50 pm

"Descendants" stars will join fans and Kenny Ortega at Downtown Disney Saturday

As fan fervor for Disney's "Descendants" grows around the world, a sequel script has been commissioned from the movie's screenwriters, Sara Parriott and Josann McGibbon, who will also serve as executive producers on the project, "Descendants 2" (working title). Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer at Disney Channels Worldwide, announced the news today. "Descendants" is cable television's fifth highest-rated movie of all-time.

Marsh said, "By almost every measure - domestically and globally - 'Descendants' has already become one of the biggest entertainment properties of the year, and we're eager to delve deeper into the unfolding mythology of Auradon and Isle of the Lost. This kind of compelling, innovative storytelling, alongside our animated 'Descendants: Wicked World' shorts and unique transmedia campaign, continues to lay the groundwork for multiple franchise opportunities across virtually every line of business at The Walt Disney Company."

This Saturday, the stars of Disney's "Descendants," including Dove Cameron, Cameron Boyce, Booboo Stewart and Sofia Carson, alongside Kenny Ortega, will celebrate with fans during an on-stage, music and dance-filled event at Downtown Disney District, Disneyland Resort, in Anaheim, California.

The July 31 premiere of "Descendants," a Disney Channel original movie directed, choreographed and executive-produced by Ortega ("High School Musical"), and executive-produced by Wendy Japhet, delivered more than 12.2 million (L+7) total viewers in the U.S., including 3.1 million adults 18-49, making it the No. 1 cable TV movie in nearly three years in that demographic. It also broke viewing records on the WATCH Disney Channel app, where it has posted 3.3 million video views since July 24.

Around the world, "Descendants" has now reached over 32 million total viewers, including 1.2 million on Disney Channel UK where it was the No. 1 telecast in six years (against all kids channels) among kids, girls and tween girls 8-12.

Also announced today, Melissa de la Cruz will write a second novel as part of the ongoing "Descendants" publishing program. "Return to the Isle of the Lost" will publish in May 2016. The prequel novel, "The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel," by de la Cruz, hit No. 1 on the New York Times Best Seller List (Children's Middle Grade) for 13 of the past 22 weeks on the list. In total, four "Descendants" books from Disney Publishing Worldwide have been on the New York Times Best Seller List for a combined 41 weeks.

The trans-media content includes an animated short-form series, "Descendants: Wicked World," set in the Auradon and Isle of the Lost worlds, which debuted last month on Disney Channel (reaching 5.9 million total viewers), WATCH Disney Channel (1.7 million views), and YouTube (over 10 million views, to-date).

A "Descendants" mobile game from Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media will launch in November. A "Descendants" karaoke app released July 30.

The "Descendants" soundtrack entered the Billboard 200 at No. 1, and six music videos of its musical numbers, plus its end-credit song, "Believe" by Shawn Mendes, and a "Rotten to the Core" remix by Carson, have delivered over 254 million views on DisneyMusicVevo. The movie also has inspired creative fan art, fan fiction, fan song covers and fan dance videos.

The "Descendants" DVD released on July 31 and is the No. 1 TV movie and the third best-selling TV title on DVD, 2015 to-date.

Disney's "Descendants," a modern-day coming-of-age adventure about the teenage sons and daughters of Disney's most infamous villains, is a live-action, music-filled, dragon-sized adventure starring Cameron as Mal, Boyce as Carlos, Stewart as Jay, Carson as Evie, Mitchell Hope as Ben, Tony Award-winning Kristin Chenoweth as Maleficent, Wendy Raquel Robinson as Cruella de Vil, Maz Jobrani as Jafar, Kathy Najimy as the Evil Queen, Melanie Paxson as Fairy Godmother, Brenna D'Amico as Jane, Sarah Jeffery as Audrey, Zachary Gibson as Doug, Jedidiah Goodacre as Chad Charming and Dianne Doan as Lonnie.

In the U.S., Disney Channel holds the record of presenting six of the top seven original cable movies ever ("High School Musical 2," "Teen Beach Movie," "Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie," "Descendants," "Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension" and "Camp Rock").

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