Could the girl of the 21st Century be coming back? Well out of all the DCOMs (yes, all 99 of them), it’s the only one that Disney is actually still considering making into a TV show!
Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century, the 1999 Disney Channel original movie starring Kirsten Storm and Raven Symoné (then she was just Raven) was originally written as a pilot show, but instead launched as one of the most popular DCOMs, and was followed up by Zenon: The Zequel in 2001 and Z3 in 2004. So, could it come back in 2016?
When asked why no DCOMs had become TV shows, president and CCO of Disney Channels Worldwide Gary Marsh explained that they really have no reason why. “Some things just have a life of their own and live in a certain space. The ones that had staying power, from a storytelling perspective, we created sequels and threequels,” he told EW, adding that one may still happen.
Zenon is “the one that’s always under discussion, and has been perennially” for adaptation into a TV show, because it’s one of the only one that created a world outside of the real world. “That world can go anywhere. There’s no limit.”
Gary also admits that they have discussed the idea of doing a live TV musical, which of course, we would die to see.
“If there’s a piece of event programming that makes sense to adapt, we’d certainly explore it. If I can find something that will really speak to my audience, and I’m not doing it simply because it existed successfully 30 years ago, I would explore it,” he told the magazine. “The reality is, every one of our movies is built on four fundamental pillars that apply to all of Disney Channel: Express yourself, believe in yourself, follow your dreams, and celebrate your family. And the more successfully we hit those four tentpoles, the more successful the movies are.”
HollywoodLifers, do you want a Zenon TV show?