A Witch Mountain pilot has received the green light at Disney+.
The streamer announced today that a "modern reinvention" of the successful film franchise was in the works featuring Bryce Dallas Howard (Jurassic World: Dominion) in the lead role. The pilot is written by Star Trek: Picard and12 Monkeys duo Travis Fickett and Terry Matalas and will be directed by Augustine Frizzell (Euphoria).
The series will follow "two teens that develop strange abilities and discover their sleepy suburb may not be as idyllic as it seems" and star Isabel Gravitt (The Watcher), Levi Miller (Pan, A Wrinkle in Time), Bianca "b" Norwood (We Crashed), and Jackson Kelly (upcoming series Straight Man, Hard Miles) in the teen roles. Howard's "warm mama bear" character Audrey is Tia's "loving and devoted mother", but like everything else in this town, things are not what they seem with Audrey.
Witch Mountain marks another collaboration for Howard and Disney+; she recently directed installments of The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, and is set to direct a Flight of the Navigator reboot.
Based on the 1968 book of the same name, the original Escape to Witch Mountain flick debuted in 1975 and was followed by two sequels in 1978 and 1982. A reboot led by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was released in 2009.
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TOPICS: Bryce Dallas Howard, Disney+, Witch Mountain