Disney+ has announced it Witch Mountaina reimagining of the successful film series, has been given the green light for a pilot episode on the streaming platform.
The series is 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: Dominion) stars as 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 as it seems.
Isabel Gravitt (The Watcher), Levi Miller (Streamline), Bianca “b” Norwood (We crashed), and Jackson Kelly (Right man) have all also been cast in the pilot.
Travis Fickett and Terry Matalas co-wrote it and are executive producers; Augustine Frizzell (Euphoria) will direct and is an executive producer on the pilot. John Fox and John Davis of Davis Entertainment are producing in addition to Gary Marsh.
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.
Miller will be Ben, a troubled teenager who makes ends meet by writing assignments for other students, but he has a hot temper and if he hits 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 it is something that inexplicably draws him in Tia’s direction.
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 expulsion and put more emphasis on 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.
Kelly has finally been tapped to play 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 may be an asset in unraveling the mystery surrounding them.
We don’t have a premiere date for this one yet (it’s greenlit for a pilot episode, not a series order), but have to believe it could come in 2024 or maybe 2025 at the latest.
Are you excited for more? Witch Mountain?