Disney+ to Expand the “Descendants” Universe with New Sequel “The Pocketwatch”

The Descendants universe is expanding! According to Deadline, Disney+ has greenlit a new musical sequel set within the Descendants universe, with the working title The Pocketwatch.

What’s Happening:

  • The Pocketwatch will follow Red, the whip-smart and rebellious teenage daughter of the Queen of Hearts, and Chloe, the perfectionist and athletic daughter of Cinderella and Prince Charming. In order to prevent an impending coup in Auradon — one that looms during the celebration of a new royal baby — Red must join forces with Chloe to travel back in time via the White Rabbit’s pocketwatch to stop an event that would lead to grave consequences.
  • The Pocketwatch will be taking a franchise-first trip to Wonderland, after starting out on the Isle of the Lost.
  • The film will feature seven new songs, along with some reimagined Disney classics.
  • Jennifer Phang (Advantageous) is set to direct and co-executive produce from a script by Dan Frey and Russell Sommer (Magic: The Gathering).
  • Mark Hofeling will serve as production designer, while Gary Marsh is an executive producer and the casting directors are Alexis Frank Koczara and Christine Smith Shevchenko.
  • Production is scheduled to begin in the fall.

What They’re Saying:

  • Ayo Davis, president, Disney Branded Television, said: “With a captivating script and Jennifer Phang’s directorial vision, we’re setting a new high bar of creativity and imagination, with a movie that ups the ante on story, song and dance to entertain young viewers, their families, and the global fan base that grew up with the aspirational story of Descendants. We join them in anticipation as we prepare to deliver a great new entertainment experience to Disney+.
  • Director Jennifer Phang said: “The Pocketwatch presents a delightful canvas with fantastical world building. Musicals sparked my imagination when I was a kid and are a huge part of what drew me to filmmaking. I think that’s because they have a way of conveying these lovely, nuanced ideas through song and expressive movement. I’m also always inspired by the diversity of families that exist all around the world. So I really jumped at the chance to craft a supercharged musical experience and explore some new, invigorating themes inside an expansive Disney universe.”
  • Jennifer Rogers Doyle, senior vice president, Franchise and Integrated Planning, Networks, Disney Media Entertainment and Distribution, said: “Descendants ushered in a new world of stories and characters that tapped into what parents and kids love, a contemporary story with familiarity. The fan engagement and high demand for extensions of Descendants continues because viewers have a very special relationship with the core characters and not just because they love the way they look, but because they are relevant, heroic figures, and soon, they’ll be invited to meet ‘Red’ and ‘Chloe.”
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