Disney Channel’s “Descendants” to Center Around Villain’s Kids

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Coming to the small screen next year is a Disney Channel original movie that will focus on the offspring of some of Disney's greatest villains.

Taking place in the present day, the kids of the heroic Disney characters choose to extend a pardon to the families of the bad guys who almost destroyed their parent’s happily ever after. The movie asks the question of whether or not the Descendants will follow in the footsteps of their families and go evil.

D23 announced Descendants with the following synopsis:

In a present day idyllic kingdom, the benevolent teenaged son of the King and Queen (Beast and Belle from Disney’s iconic Beauty and the Beast) is poised to take the throne. His first proclamation: offer a chance at redemption to the trouble-making offspring of Cruella De Vil, Maleficent, the Evil Queen, and Jafar who have been imprisoned on a forbidden island with all the other villains, sidekicks, evil step-mothers and step-sisters.  These villainous descendants (Carlos, Mal, Evvie and Jay, respectively) are allowed into the kingdom to attend prep school alongside the offspring of iconic Disney heroes including Fairy Godmother, Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel and Mulan.  However, the evil teens face a dilemma. Should they follow in their nefarious parents’ footsteps and help all the villains regain power or embrace their innate goodness and save the kingdom?

From the sounds of it, this movie will have nothing to do with Disney’s Once Upon a Time, and will create a new universe within the Disney canon. Definitely an interesting take on the mythology for the Disney Channel aged set. Will the villain characters be redeemed through their children or will they go as far as seek revenge? There are so many places they could go with this, it’d be nice to see maybe one of the “good” offspring go “bad” just to mix things up. And could you imagine Belle and Beast’s kid falling for Maleficent’s daughter? Yes, totally shippable!

Descendants is slated to be released Spring 2015 on the Disney Channel and will be directed by High School Musicals Kenny Ortega, from a script by Josann McGibbon and Sarah Pariott.

Images: Disney, D23

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