The movie that won the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film last year is being adapted for a TV series. Disney XD announced that production has begun on “Big Hero 6,” with the series expected to premiere in 2017.
The 2014 movie was inspired by the Marvel comics of the same name.
Emmy Award-winning producers Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley, creators and executive producers of the hit Disney Channel series “Kim Possible,” are executive producers.
Announcing the project this week was Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide.
Said Marsh: “Our colleagues at Walt Disney Animation Studios have created a brilliant new world, inspired by Marvel, with vivid, unique characters. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to further develop these characters into a world-class animated series — full of fun, action and the kind of endearing storytelling that only Mark, Bob — and Baymax — can deliver.”
Baymax is the “compassionate, cutting-edge robot” who helps his friend Hiro, a 14-year-old tech genius, on his adventures with “control freak Wasabi, scientist Honey Lemon, fanboy Fred and no-nonsense Go Go, who together form the legendary superhero team Big Hero 6,” the announcement notes.
Produced by Disney Television Animation, the series picks up immediately where the events of the feature film leave off.
“Reuniting with McCorkle and Schooley on the creative team is their ‘Kim Possible’ colleague, Emmy Award-winning Nick Filippi, who serves as executive producer and supervising director,” Disney XD notes.