This is an interesting twist for sure. Apparently there was an “untitled film re-enactment project” that was being done for Fox “about a teacher who helps her students re-create, shot-for-shot, the original movie.” Fox passed, saying it “skewed too young” which sounds like a wise decision, but now it’s being titled “Our Time” and heading for Disney Plus.
Here’s the original synopsis when it was at Fox:
“In the untitled project, Stella Cooper returns to her distressed automotive hometown to substitute teach after failing to make it in New York and carrying a heavy secret. She finds inspiration, hope, and ultimately salvation when she agrees to help three students who are pursuing their filmmaking dreams by putting on an impossibly ambitious shot-for-shot remake of one of the student’s favorite movies.”
The project is now being redeveloped with the Donner Company and Amblin also on board. It is being adapted by Sarah Watson, who adapted the original version for Fox.
According to Clancy Collins White, executive VP and head of development, here’s what happened:
“Sarah worked nonstop to deliver this incredible script, we had our table read, and then the world shut down for COVID,” says Clancy Collins White, exec VP and head of development. “So we came back many months later and finished the beautiful pilot, and it was an incredible cast, but unfortunately a little bit too young for Fox. And so we immediately swung into high gear and hit the town with it. We did not yet have anything in development at Disney Plus. It’s been another example of being able to carve a pathway where there wasn’t one by virtue of a great story, a great pilot, a great series. The deal has taken a while to make, but we’re really excited to be moving forward.”
Executive producers on the show will include Watson, Gail Berman and Hend Baghdady (The Jackal Group); Lauren Shuler Donner and the late Richard Donner; Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey (Amblin TV.)
Shows and movies being rejected or cancelled from on network and ending up on another network happens all the time, usually with Netflix picking it up. What’s unusual here is that it’s Disney picking it up.
I think there would be demand for more ‘Goonies’ adventures but I’m not sure this is what people were thinking? It sounds like High School Musical, the Musical, the Series, but with Goonies. Or Disney is thinking this is going to be their version of Ghostbusters: Afterlife rebooting a beloved franchise by focusing on kids.
You can’t make this stuff up.
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Source: Variety, Hat tip to WDWNT
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