Disney has suddenly pulled the plug on “Book of Enchantment,” one of its high-profile original series in the works for its Disney+ streaming service. The series would’ve been an adaptation of Serena Valentino’s book series “Villains” featuring some of Disney’s most popular baddies.
A writer’s room had been going for three months with multiple scribes already working on scripts when the project got canned. The decision, reached mutually by Disney+ and sister studio ABC Signature, is said to be “largely creative” and “related to show’s tone and direction” which was going in a “darker direction than anticipated”.
The series had not been formally greenlighted, but budget conversations and location scouting had taken place ahead of a May 2020 filming start in the UK. Michael Seitzman wrote the pilot script and the show’s bible and was to serve as showrunner. The show’s considerable expense is also said to have played a factor in the decision.
This isn’t the first time this has happened as the upcoming “High School Musical” TV series made creative changes earlier this year in part because the original showrunner wanted to tackle more adult themes. Disney+ is expected to tout its lineup at its D23 Expo presentation tomorrow