It’s Official, There’s Going To Be 2 More ‘Descendants’ Movies
It’s official, you guys — there’s two more Descendants movies in the works at Disney! When the third movie came
It’s official, you guys — there’s two more Descendants movies in the works at Disney! When the third movie came out back in 2019, many fans were left wondering — was this the last Descendants flick or will they make another?! Now, we finally have some answers and we couldn’t be more excited about it.
According to Deadline, Disney Channel President Gary Marsh will be stepping down as a senior executive so that he can launch his own production company backed by Disney General Entertainment at the end of 2021. And the outlet has reported that some of the first projects under his new company will include two new Descendants movies!
“Gary’s leadership and creative genius have shaped a generation of beloved kids and family programming, and we are forever grateful for the indelible impact he’s made at The Walt Disney Company,” Peter Rice, Chairman of Disney General Entertainment, told them in a statement. “Gary is a valued leader and good friend, and we’ve been talking about this move for years. So when he decided to focus solely on producing after three decades of an amazing executive career, I jumped at the opportunity to keep him among us.”
Over the years, Marsh was behind series like High School Musical, Hannah Montana, Lizzie McGuire, Descendants, Phineas and Ferb, That’s So Raven, Jessie, Andi Mack and more. He is also credited with launching and developing the careers of so many big stars, including Miley Cyrus, Selena Gomez, the Jonas Brothers, Zendaya, Demi Lovato, Hilary Duff, Zac Efron, Olivia Rodrigo and others.
“For 33 years, I’ve had the greatest job in television,” said Marsh. “The stories we’ve told, the music we’ve created, the stars we’ve discovered, the franchises we’ve built – all of it has entertained and engaged millions of kids and families around the globe. Thanks to the reach of Disney’s streaming platforms, those stories will live forever in the hearts and minds of future generations, alongside all the new stories I look forward to telling. There simply could not be a more compelling or creatively stimulating time to enter the production ranks.”
What Do We Know About The New ‘Descendants’ Movies?
But wait, when will the new Descendants movies come out? What are they going to be about? Is the original cast going to reprise their roles for them? And what will happen to Cameron Boyce‘s character? Not to worry, people, because we went ahead and broke it all down for you.
Unfortunately, there’s no other details just yet, but it appears that the new movies will not focus on the characters from the original trilogy. How do we know? Well, back when the third movie came, the entire cast and crew made it pretty clear that it was the final movie in the series. They’ve also been pretty vocal over the years about how hard it would be to come back without Boyce (who tragically passed away in 2019 after suffering from a seizure in his sleep), so it’s likely that the new flicks will be spinoffs and feature a whole new set of stories and characters!
What Have The Cast Said About Reprising Their Roles?
When Dove Cameron was asked in an interview if she’d ever come back for another film, she had mixed feelings about it.
“What happened was so incredibly heart wrenching for all of us and something we could not recover from,” the blonde beauty admitted to HollywoodLife. “And so, I think that the idea of making another movie, while it would be nostalgic for all of us and while it would be healing in a lot of ways, it might also be super wrong. So it could go either way and it depends on how we’re all feeling and I think that the beautiful thing that Disney has done is that they have very much created a safe space for the cast to be wherever they’re at. They canceled everything when Cameron passed and I know they want what’s in all of our best interests, so we’ll see. I doubt it, but we’ll see.”
She also told Entertainment Tonight, “Yeah, I do think there is a world where [a fourth Descendants movie] happens. I don’t know anything for sure, but I definitely don’t think that that’s an impossibility. There is nothing that I can say for sure, but I definitely can say that it is not out of the question! I don’t love the idea of doing it without Cameron, I don’t know what the plot would be and I don’t know what it would look like. But I also love the franchise and I love [director] Kenny [Ortega], and I love Disney and I love that cast. I loved that time in my life.”
As for Sofia Carson, she said she “couldn’t imagine” doing it without Boyce.
“I couldn’t imagine doing it without him,” she also explained to People Magazine. “But I appreciate that people love the franchise so much that they would want it to continue. I love Evie, but it’s the core four forever.”
The actress added in another interview, “It’s such a big universe, this could go on forever — there’s so many descendants. As far as the original descendants, I don’t know if there’s more. For us, it’s hard to imagine doing anything without Cameron. That’s where our heart lies, but it’s open to so much imagination. I can’t even think about it, the thought is too difficult.”
What Else Do They Have Planned For The Franchise?
That’s not all, you guys! There are also some rumors circulating that they’re going to turn Descendants into a Broadway play — how epic would that be?! Yep, according to Playbill.com, a stage adaptation of the series is now available for licensing. It will reportedly be based off of all three of the original films and will contain old songs — which will be adapted by Madeline Smith and orchestrated by Matthew Tishler — as well as new ones — which will be written by Nick Blaemire! This is seriously the best news ever! We are so happy to hear that the world of Descendants has a lot of new stuff coming soon.