There is a #KingdomHearts series in the works at Disney+.
Disney originally wanted to make it but that didn’t work out, so Square Enix was asked to create a pilot using Unreal Engine.
This series is most likely not live-action, but CG animated. They’re currently casting. pic.twitter.com/jroZXImeOm
— Emre Kaya (@Vullein) May 26, 2020
Emre Kaya, writer for The Cinema Spot, tweeted that Disney originally had plans to make the show, but duties apparently shifted to Square Enix. The company has reportedly created a pilot episode using the Unreal Engine, the software used to build the video games.
“This series is most likely not live-action, but CG animated. They’re currently casting,” said Kaya.Kaya claims that the information was originally due to be published as an exclusive report, but that changed due to other insiders knowing about the project. This seemingly encouraged others to add to the conversation, with MCUCosmic founder Jeremy Conrad also claiming that “it’s true”. The DisInsider editor-in-chief Skyler Shuler added more to the story, claiming that “Disney VO actors are expected to reprise their roles (Jim Cummings, Bill Farmer, Tony Anselmo)”.
Been tagged in Jeremys post (which is true), so here’s what I know:
-Kingdom Hearts will be a Disney+ series, not a movie.
-It’s animated (CG)
-Disney VO actors are expected to reprise their roles (Jim Cummings, Bill Farmer, Tony Anselmo)
All I know. https://t.co/UTFGqXtSP6
— Skyler Shuler (@SkylerShuler) May 26, 2020
Disney originally planned to create a Kingdom Hearts animated series after the success of the original game in 2002, but it was cancelled due to being a “vastly different interpretation” of the game’s story.
Disney nor Square Enix has made any announcement about the animated show, so the official status of such a project – if it is indeed real – remains unknown.
For more Kingdom Hearts you can see right now, check out our review of Kingdom Hearts 3 and its Re Mind DLC. More Kingdom Hearts is due in a mobile game soon, and Square Enix is staffing up for further development in the series.
Matt Purslow is IGN’s UK News and Entertainment Writer. You can follow him on Twitter.