Word on the Street: Movie production news for Hallmark and Disney Channel!

There have been a lot of news that has come out this week surrounding the production of two upcoming Hallmark movies and a future Disney Channel movie! I’ll break down each specific movie’s production news and share my thoughts on each. All of these stories are from What’s Filming and all of these movies are either currently in production or will be in production in the Vancouver and British Columbia area.

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Back in March, I reported that the Summer of Dreams sequel was going into production. Because of that production date, it was believed that “Dream On” (the current title for the film) was going to be a part of Hallmark’s “June Weddings” line-up. However, “Dream On” was added again to the “Upcoming” page on What’s Filming, starting production on May 8th and finishing on May 25th this time. What this means is that “Dream On” will likely not make an appearance in Hallmark’s “June Weddings” line-up as we originally thought, but might instead be included in their “Summer Nights” line-up (just like Summer of Dreams). Hallmark recently released a trailer for the 2018 “June Weddings” line-up. It was mentioned in this trailer that there were going to be four new movies, however, only three were advertised: Marrying Mr. Darcy, The Perfect Bride 2, and Wedding March 4: Something Old, Something New. If “Dream On” is not that mystery fourth movie, then I wonder what it could be? Maybe it’s the project that’s also featured on What’s Filming titled “I Do”? We’ll have to wait for Hallmark’s official word for the time being.

Link to What’s Filming’s “Upcoming” page: http://www.whatsfilming.ca/upcoming/ (if you visit this page after May 8th, “Dream On” will move to the “In Production” page for the Vancouver and British Columbia area)

Link to the “June Weddings” trailer: http://www.hallmarkchannel.com/june-weddings/videos/first-look-june-weddings-2018

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Another upcoming Hallmark movie that is listed on What’s Filming is Truly, Madly, Sweetly. Dylan Neal and Nikki DeLoach are both attached to the project, with What’s Filming providing an article about the movie. After I read the brief synopsis in this article, I became intrigued by this movie. While Hallmark has made movies about cupcake bakeries before (with The Sweetest Heart being the most recent entry), I can’t think of a Hallmark movie that has centered around a food truck before. This gets me excited about the possible creativity that this project has to offer! Within this article, an Instagram photo of both Dylan and Nikki was featured, having Dylan himself hinting at a fall release. If Truly, Madly, Sweetly is to be a “Fall Harvest” movie, Hallmark will probably not give any official announcements for a while.

Link to What’s Filming’s article about Truly, Madly, Sweetly: http://www.whatsfilming.ca/2018/04/09/unspeakable-miniseries-hallmark-truly-madly-sweetly/

Link to What’s Filming’s “In Production” page: http://www.whatsfilming.ca/inproduction/ (if you visit this page after April 27th, Truly, Madly, Sweetly will be taken off this page)

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My very first Word on the Street post was about the Kim Possible live-action Disney Channel movie. While casting still has not been announced, it has been mentioned on What’s Filming that the film will go into production from June 4th to July 23rd. In an article about the movie, it is warned that these dates might change. If the Kim Possible movie is filming this summer, it’s possible (no pun intended) that it might be released either later this year or sometime next year. So far, there have been no announcements about any premiere dates, so we’ll just have to wait for Disney’s official word. Two months ago, when I talked about this movie, I did share my concerns about the potential alienation of the fans of the original show. Because production hasn’t even started yet, I can’t form an honest opinion about the film’s quality, meaning that I’ll have to wait at least until a trailer is released for me to get a sense of the film’s tone and spirit.

Link to What’s Filming’s article about Kim Possible: http://www.whatsfilming.ca/2018/04/10/kim-possible-live-action-movie-based-on-disneys-popular-animated-series-filming-in-vancouver/

Link to What’s Filming’s “Upcoming” page: http://www.whatsfilming.ca/upcoming/ (while these dates may change, if you visit this page after June 4th, Kim Possible will be moved to the “In Production” page for the Vancouver and British Columbia area)

 

What are your thoughts on this movie news? Looking forward to any of these films? Please share your thoughts in the comment section!

 

Have fun at the movies!

Sally Silverscreen

Word on the Street: Kim Possible coming back to Disney Channel

Last Wednesday, as I was on the website, RenewCancelTV.com, I came across an article about how the beloved television show, Kim Possible, was getting a live-action movie. When I read the news, I admit that I got excited. Thinking this movie was going to get a theatrical release, I imagined how cool the special effects would be, how awesome the fight sequences would look, and waiting in line opening day among an excited crowd of movie-goers and fans of the show. Until I read on The Hollywood Reporter that the movie would premiere on Disney Channel.

Cue the record scratch sound effect

As soon as I read this, my expectations for the film started to fall. But despite my initial disappointment, I realized that this decision actually makes sense. Not only did Kim Possible live (and thrive) on the network, but both of the show’s respective films (Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time and Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama) made their debuts on the Disney Channel. What makes me feel good about this movie’s production is that Mark McCorkle and Robert Schooley (the original creators of Kim Possible) are not only writing the script, but are also going to be executive producers. Out of everyone working on this film, they would know the most about Kim Possible. Because this show was their idea, they probably oversaw a good portion of what went into the show. I think this knowledge and first-hand experience creating the original show will help the creative team behind this Kim Possible movie understand the source material they’re working with.

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But, I do have a concern for this film. This new movie will be created and released in a time when the younger, current Disney Channel audience has probably never even heard of Kim Possible. My concern is that the creative team behind this movie might cater to this younger, more current Disney Channel audience to the point where the fans of the original show get alienated.

When this movie does get released, I will watch it with an open mind. As someone who has enjoyed watching the show and as a fan of Shego (my favorite Disney villain of all time), I want this movie to be good in quality and in entertainment value. But, I’ll be honest, my expectations will be lower than they would have been if this movie were a theatrical release. So, while fans have been given some time to let this news sink in, I just wanted to share my thoughts on this piece of movie news.

What do you think? Are you excited for a Kim Possible live action movie? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comment section.

Have fun at the movies!

Sally Silverscreen

Link to the article from The Hollywood Reporter: https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/live-action-kim-movie-works-at-disney-channel-1082695

Link to the article from RenewCancelTV.com: https://renewcanceltv.com/kim-possible-season-5-cancelled-disney-cartoon-reviving-live-action-movie/