Disney+ continues to grow by the day with enticing original content that Netflix is calling, “Totally fine, not even a problem actually.” The latest: Deadline reports that Book of Enchantment, a live-action series following the House of Mouse’s iconic rogues gallery, has been in development for six months from Michael Seitzman, who wrote the pilot and will serve as showrunner. The show is based on the book series by author Serena Valentino, which turned the stories of Disney’s greatest antagonists into standalone adventures.
It’s an intriguing pitch, not the least of which is because of Seitzman himself. He served as a writer on series like CBS Intelligence and Quantico and created the medical drama Code Black. Recently, Seitzman was put at the head of Hulu’s planned John Grisham Universe, which starts with two series based on the author’s The Rainmaker and The Rogue Lawyer. Unless the real Disney villain along has been fast-paced legal jargon, it’s not immediately clear why Seitzman is the right man for the job.
Disney has found success in the past with throwing its villains into a live-action story, though. Director Robert Stromberg‘s Maleficent—starring Angelina Jolie as the classic Sleeping Beauty antagonist—became the highest-grossing movie of 2014, bringing in a downright evil $758 million worldwide. (A sequel is on its way in 2020.) More recently, the live-action Aladdin movie trailer certainly came under its fair share of scrutiny thanks to Will Smith‘s frankly horrifying genie, but there’s no denying that actor Marwan Kenzari is playing a Jafar who most certainly fucks. There are different kinds of successes, people.