A day after the announcement of a “Hocus Pocus” remake, word has come along that Disney Channel will be redoing Mary Rodgers’ classic 1972 novel “Freak Friday” – as a musical.
Previously adapted twice for the screen with Jodie Foster, Barbara Harris, Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsay Lohan in the key roles, the new take will star Heidi Blickenstaff and Cozi Zuehlsdorff (“Dolphin Tale”).
The pair play the bickering mother and daughter who both wish they could switch places for a day – and their wish is granted. They then begin a journey of self-discovery and empathy neither one could have imagined.
Ricky He, Alex Desert, Jason Maybaum, Kahyun Kim, Dara R. Moss, Jennifer LaPorte, Isaiah Lehtinen and Sarah Willey co-star. Steve Carr will direct and executive produce from a script by Bridget Carpenter.
Pulitzer- and Tony-winning composers Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey, who penned the music and lyrics for the stage version, are onboard this take.