Disney+ has announced that it has ordered a pilot for a new supernatural series titled Witch Mountain, which is a reimagining of the successful film series. I enjoyed the earlier films in the franchise that were based on 1968 Alexander key novel Escape to Witch Mountain.
The new series is described as “a modern reinvention of the cult classic set in the shadow of ‘Witch Mountain’, following two teenagers who develop strange abilities and discover that their sleepy suburb may not be as idyllic as it seems.”
Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World) will star in the show and will take on the lead role of 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 what it seems.”
Howard is joined in the series by Isabel Gravitt (The Watcher), Levi Miller (Streamline), Bianca “b” Norwood (We crashed), and Jackson Kelly (Right man).
Isabel Gravitt plays 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.”
Levi Miller plays Ben, “a troubled teenager who makes ends meet by writing assignments for other students, but he has a hot temper and if he butchers another student, he will be 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 that is something that inexplicably draws him in Tia’s direction.”
Bianca “b” Norwood plays 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 deportation and are more concerned with 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.”
Jackson Kelly plays 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 can be an asset in unraveling the mystery around them.”
Witch Mountain is being developed by writers and executive producers Travis Fickett and Terry Matalasand Augustine Frizzell (Euphoria) will direct and is an executive producer on the pilot.
The films in the franchise include Escape to Witch Mountain (1975), Return from Witch Mountain(1978), Beyond Witch Mountain (1982), Disney’s Escape to Witch Mountain (n (1995), and the last one was in 2099 with The race to the witch mountain.