Disney’s making a live-action “Kim Possible” movie, because we’ve always wanted to see a naked mole rat IRL
Start calling and beeping everyone you know, because Disney Channel is officially bringing back Kim Possible — for an upcoming live-action Disney Channel Original Movie. Disney has just announced that it has started casting the new movie based on the OG television series that focused on a popular high school student by day, crime fighting hero by night.
The animated series, which ran from 2002 to 2007 and launched the franchise — featured two animated DCOMs, Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time and Kim Possible: So The Drama, as well as books and video games — followed the titular Kim (voiced by Even Steven’s Christy Carlson Romano), a high school cheerleader who solved crimes in her spare time with the help of her best friend and sidekick Ron Stoppable (voiced by Boy Meets World’s Will Friedle), his naked mole-rat Rufus, and 10-year-old computer whiz, Wade (Smart Guy’s Tahj Mowry).
So, what’s this sitch?
To OG fans, it may seem like Dr. Drakken and Shego are actually just setting us up for a trap, but it appears the original team is behind the new DCOM. Series creators Mark McCorkle and Robert Schooley are executive producing and writing the upcoming movie, with Josh Cagan also writing, and Zanne Devine executive producing. Adam B. Stein and Zach Lipovsky will co-direct and co-produce the upcoming movie.
Sorry Kim, but we’re calling this announcement the definition of “so the drama.” While we’re at it, we’re going to need to pop over to Bueno Nacho for a naco or two while we digest the news.
While it’s definitely hard to imagine a live-action iteration of Kim Possible or anyone other than Christy Carlson Romano playing her, we can definitely understand the appeal in introducing the iconic teen to a new generation of Disney Channel viewers. The crime-fighting teen was a role model for many watching Disney Channel in the early 2000s: one who busted stereotypes left and right while putting the bad guys away.
"Mark and Bob created an enduring character and kids all over the world found a friend in her, an average girl who just happens to spend her off-school hours thwarting evil villains," Adam Bonnett, executive vice president, Original Programming, Disney Channels Worldwide, said in a statement. "Although Kim Possible 'can do anything,' kids and tweens found that this animated redhead was just like them. As we embark on the fun challenge of making Kim and Ron fully dimensional, I'm thrilled to be working again with Mark and Bob and to welcome the addition of a dynamic creative team – Josh, Zanne, Adam and Zach – into a world where anything is indeed possible."
We’re tentatively optimistic about this new addition to the Kim Possible franchise but, honestly, we’re really interested in seeing what the new viewers make of Rufus in all his live-action glory.