A Wizards of Waverly Place revival is currently set at Disney. The original show aired on the Disney Channel from 2007 to 2012. It made Selena Gomez a worldwide sensation as Alex Russo; a wizard who trains to retain her family’s powers alongside her brothers, Justin (David Henrie) and Max (Jake T. Austin). The show’s success led to a feature film in 2009, which won the Primetime Emmy for Outstanding Children’s Program. There was also a television special in 2013, a year after the series ended.

Deadline reports that a revival of the show is currently in development at Disney. The show will be executive produced by Gomez, who will appear in the pilot episode as Alex, while Henrie will also reprise his role of Justin, but as a series regular. New cast members for the series have also been announced, with Janice LeAnn Brown, Alkaio Thiele, and Mimi Gianopoulos starring. Brown will play a new wizard named Billie, while Thiele will play Justin’s son, Roman, and Gianopoulos as Justin’s wife, Giada.

What Will the Wizards of Waverly Place Revival Be About?

Screenwriters Jed Elinoff and Scott Thomas, who were also behind the That’s So Raven revival, Raven’s Home, have written and will executive produce the pilot for the Wizards of Waverly Place revival series. According to Deadline, the show will begin after “a mysterious incident at WizTech, where an adult Justin Russo has left his wizard powers behind, opting for a normal, human life with his wife and two sons. But he gets a surprise when a powerful young wizard in need of training shows up at his door… and Justin must embrace his past to ensure the future of the Wizard World.”

It’s still unclear how expansive will Gomez’s role in the pilot be, but the episode will be directed by Andy Fickman, who was previously known for having helmed Disney’s The Game Plan and Race to Witch Mountain, with Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson in his early days as an actor. Fickman will also executive produce alongside Gomez, Henrie, Elinoff, Thomas, and Gary Marsh. The revival is part of Disney Branded Television’s strategy of expanding Disney Channel’s lineup of multi-camera sitcoms. No release date has been announced, but it could potentially premiere during the Fall.

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Source: Deadline

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