Disney+ is the streaming home of a few incredibly important properties — mostly The Simpsons and the 1994 Spider-Man cartoon. (Surely I’m not forgetting anything.) And now rumors are mounting that the explosively popular Square Enix / Disney property Kingdom Hearts will receive an animated CG television series on the platform.
The first to report on this rumor weeks ago was seemingly We Got This Covered, a much maligned cesspool of bogus news dressed up as “exclusives.” However, since then, sources that don’t have track records of rampant falsehoods have stepped forward to corroborate these details. Among them is Emre Kaya of The Cinema Spot, who claims that the project both exists and that Square Enix itself has been asked to try doing the Kingdom Hearts series with Unreal Engine.
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
Beyond Kaya, Skyler Shuler, editor-in-chief of Disney news site The DisInsider, also agrees that the show exists. He further claims that the regular cast of Disney voice actors, including Jim Cummings (Winnie the Pooh, Tigger), Bill Farmer (Goofy and Pluto), and Tony Anselmo (Donald Duck), are expected to reprise their roles.
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
Frankly, the idea of Square Enix creating the series itself with Unreal Engine sounds questionable to me, but Shuler’s more general claim of a CG show with Disney voice actors sounds highly plausible. The franchise has been a major money-maker in any case, so continuing the series in this form on the smash hit Disney+ platform sounds like a no-brainer.
But if this does really exist — please, for Pete’s sake, keep Tetsuya Nomura away from the script. I don’t need a 15-minute monologue about the allure of darkness putting me into a coma in every episode.