As far as we're concerned, there are only a handful of classic Disney Channel shows that matter: The Proud Family, The Lizzie McGuire Show, That's So Raven, and Kim Possible. Luckily for old school fans, the latter is getting its own live action adaptation. Admit it, you're already humming the theme song, aren't you?
Here's the sitch on what we know so far: Casting is underway for the project, which is being written by the show's creators Bob Schooley and Mark McCorkle who also helped write the screenplay for Disney's Sky High. They're being aided in the writers room by Josh Cagan (The DUFF, Bandslam). McCorkle (Big Hero 6: The Series), Schooley (The Penguins of Madagascar), and Zanne Devine (Easy A, Mr. Holmes) serve as executive producers on the film, which is being co-directed by MECH X-4 alums Adam B. Stein and Zach Lipovsky. Casting director Blyth Nailling (Last Man Standing, Scrubs, LA to Vegas, One Tree Hill, and What I Like About You) leads the search for the movie's acting talent—you can probably bet that Rufus will be CGI.
The original animated series debuted in 2002 and followed the eponymous teenage girl who, in addition to navigating the trials and tribulations of high school and the cheer squad, also fought crime on a regular basis as an international super spy. Kim (voiced by Christy Carlson Romano) clashed with villains like Drakken (John DiMaggio), her evil clone Shego (Nicole Sullivan), Monkey Fist (Tom Kane), and Duff Killigan (Brian George). In the words of the theme song, she was just your basic average girl and she was there to save the world.
All the while, she was aided by her best friend (and eventual boyfriend) Ron Stoppable (Will Friedle) and his pet naked mole rat Rufus (Nancy Cartwright); both of them had an affinity for nachos. Running for four seasons and a total of 87 episodes, Kim Possible was nominated for eight Emmys, winning one for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing - Live Action and Animation, in 2005. Other honors came from the Parents’ Choice Foundation, the International Animated Film Society’s Annie Awards and Italy’s Pulcinella Award for Best Program and Best TV Series for Children.
“Mark and Bob created an enduring character and kids all over the world found a friend in her, an average girl who just happens to spend her off-school hours thwarting evil villains," said Adam Bonnett, executive vice president, Original Programming, Disney Channels Worldwide. "Although Kim Possible ‘can do anything,’ kids and tweens found that this animated redhead was just like them. As we embark on the fun challenge of making Kim and Ron fully dimensional, I’m thrilled to be working again with Mark and Bob and to welcome the addition of a dynamic creative team – Josh, Zanne, Adam and Zach – into a world where anything is indeed possible.”
It doesn't matter where or when because we'll definitely be watching this one. When it does arrive, day or night, just call us, beep us if you wanna reach us. If you wanna page us, that's okay, too.