Chokers are in, Yowies have made a comeback, and here comes Kim Possible – it’s a good time to be a 90’s/00’s kid. Disney Channel has announced plans to make a live-action feature film version of Kim Possible, one of the network’s first original animated series. The animated teen-spy show, which first aired in 2002 and ran for 87 episodes until 2007, was so popular that fans successfully demanded a fourth season after it went of air following three years running.
The original television series followed Kim Possible – just your basic, average teen girl, who was smart, pretty, cheerleader-athletic, and trying to balance high school, family, and saving the world. You know, the usual. Accompanied by utterly useless best friend Ron Stoppable, his pet naked mole-rat Rufus, and computer genius Wade, Kim fought and outsmarted all kinds of evil.
Disney Channel has previously made two animated, direct-to-television films starring Kim Possible – Kim Possible: A Sitch in Time (2003), and Kim Possible Movie: So The Drama (2005). The script for the upcoming live-action will be written by series creators Mark McCorkle, Robert Schooley, and Josh Cagan, who will also act as executive producers on the film. Adam B. Stein and Zach Lipovsky will co-direct. There is no release date yet. However, executive vice president of Disney Channel Worldwide, Adam Bonnett has said:
“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. 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’ll be interesting to see who is cast and how they manage to pull off the characterisation from cartoon to real life, especially because naked mole-rats are terrifying in real life. But at least audiences won’t have to struggle with the fact that Kim’s upper lip looks like a moustache in the cartoon version. As someone who had the iconic Kim Possible *beep* as their text tone for many years, I’m obviously pretty excited to see a revival of a 2000’s children’s classic. Now bring back Ace Lightning.