Series will tell origin story of “Little Mermaid” baddie Ursula, Beast from “Beauty and the Beast” and Wicked Queen from “Snow White”
Disney+ is developing a series that will star some of the most famous villains from Disney’s vault, titled “Book of Enchantment,” an individual with knowledge of the production told TheWrap.
The project, which is not yet ordered to series, is based on Serena Valentino’s “Villains” series of books. It will tell the origin stories of Disney characters like Ursula from “The Little Mermaid,” The Beast from “Beauty and the Beast,” Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty” and the Wicked Queen from “Snow White.”
Valentino’s book series also features “Mother Knows Best” about Mother Gothel, the villain from the 2010 film “Tangled.”
Michael Seitzman will write and produce the series, which is from ABC Signature Studios. Disney declined to comment, while ABC did not immediately respond to TheWrap’s request for comment.
Seitzman previously created the CBS medical drama “Code Black” and worked on the ABC series “Quantico.”
“Book of Enchantment” is part of a growing list of Disney+ original series that borrow from the company’s massive catalog. These include “The Mandalorian” and “Rogue One” prequel series set in the “Star Wars” universe. Marvel Studios is developing several standalone series starring big-screen characters from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, including Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Scarlet Witch (Elizabeth Olsen), and Bucky Barns aka the Winter Soldier (Sebastian Stan).
Disney+ will also feature TV series versions of “High Fidelity” (with Zoe Kravitz), Pixar’s “Monsters, Inc.” and “High School Musical.” On the film side, a live-action reboot of “Lady and the Tramp” will star Tessa Thompson, Justin Theroux and Janelle Monae.