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Reboots and remakes are all the rage on the small screen nowadays, and Disney Channel is officially bringing one of its biggest animated hits back in a brand new way. A live-action Kim Possible project is in the works as a Disney Channel Original Movie, which is good news for fans of the original series as well as a new generation of viewers who missed out on Kim's exploits the first time around. The sitch is looking positive!
Casting for the live-action Kim Possible has already begun, so it seems Disney Channel has faith in the project. Not too many details are currently available about what to expect in the new movie, but executive vice president of Disney Channels Worldwide Original Programming Adam Bonnett has said that the team is set to "embark on the fun challenge of making Kim and Ron fully dimensional." We can take Bonnett's comments to mean that Kim will team up with her sidekick Ron in the movie, just as she did in the original series.
The original series ran for four seasons and two animated movies from 2002-2007 on Disney Channel, following a high school girl who fought crime on adventures that took her all over the world as she fought to save it from various villains. Smart, popular, and athletic, Kim was exactly the kind of hero who could bravely face down crazy bad guys and return in time to keep her place on the cheerleading team. She was joined on her adventures by her best friend (and later love interest) sidekick Ron Stoppable, who was less poised and polished in his heroics. He generally brought his naked mole-rat, named Rufus, along for the ride. With the help of computer genius Wade, Kim and Ron found themselves regularly facing off against supervillains Drakken and Shego.
While we can't say at this point which characters will appear other than Kim and Ron, it's difficult to imagine a Kim Possible movie without Wade, Drakken, and Shego. The odds are that this will be a reboot of the Kim Possible premise rather than a sequel to the finale that checks in with Kim and Ron 16 years after they were last seen. A big question is who Disney Channel can find to tackle the roles that are already beloved.
The live-action Kim Possible movie is written by Mark McCorkle and Robert Schooley, who created Kim Possible as an animated series. Co-directors for the movie are Adam B. Stein and Zach Lipovsky. There's no news just yet of when we might be able to see the movie hit the airwaves; we can only hope that it won't take too long. Unfortunately, this movie does probably rule out the possibility of an animated reboot starring the original voice actors, which leading lady Christy Carlson Romano had shown enthusiasm for not too long ago. Who knows? Maybe Romano, Will Friedle, Tahj Mowry and other original cast members can land cameos in the live-action project.