The Disney Channel is currently in production on a remake of the network’s first ever original movie, the Halloween mummy tale Under Wraps, coming later this year, and a recently released behind the scenes featurette gives us our first official preview.
Deadline reported in November 2020 that the Disney Channel would be giving a modern twist to its upcoming comedic remake of the 1997 Halloween classic Under Wraps, which was the first-ever Disney Channel original movie.
The cast of the remake includes Christian J. Simon (Sydney to the Max), Malachi Barton (Stuck in the Middle), Sophia Hammons (The Social Dilemma). and renowned dancer and choreographer Phil Wright (Disney Fam Jam) as the film’s mummy.
The re-imagined story, as in the original, takes place a few days before Halloween, when 12-year-old friends Gilbert (Simon), Marshall (Barton), and Amy (Hammons) accidentally revive a mummy that they discover in a neighbor’s basement, which they affectionately name Harold (Wright). But then they must rush to return him to his resting place before midnight on Halloween. Along the way, the team narrowly escapes a nefarious group of criminals intent on selling the mummy to the highest bidder. When Harold is inevitably captured, Marshall, Gilbert, and Amy must band together to stand up to the criminals, face their fears and rescue their new friend.
“Under Wraps introduced a generation of kids and families to what has become the backbone of our programming across the globe: Disney Channel Original Movies,” said Lauren Kisilevsky, vice president, Original Movies, Disney Channel. “We are excited to welcome our audience back into the Halloween spirit and celebrate the unlikely friendship between three kids and a mummy as they embark on an adventure and ultimately save the day.”
The original movie was directed by Greg Beeman and starred Mario Yedidia, Clara Bryant, Adam Wylie, and Bill Fagerbakke as the Mummy.
The new Under Wraps is directed by Alex Zamm (R.L. Stine’s The Haunting Hour: Don’t Think About It, Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2) with Todd Y. Murata (Sightless, Best. Worst. Weekend. Ever.) and Fernando Szew (Back of the Net, 16 Wishes) as executive producers for MarVista Entertainment.
Based on the original movie written by Don Rhymer, the writing team of the remake is Zamm and William Robertson (Inspector Gadget 2, Woody Woodpecker).
The production began in November 2020 in Vancouver.
Under Wraps will premiere in October 2021 on the Disney Channel.
In a new official featurette on the making of the remake, we get our first glimpses of Wright (pictured above) in costume as Harold the Mummy and meet our young cast leads. There are some quick shots of what promises to be a fun Halloween carnival, stops at an apparent haunted house attraction, and a Halloween dance, along with loads of decorations and costumes. The video also confirms an October premiere.
We’ll have much more on this new Halloween movie as it becomes available.
You can watch a behind the scenes preview of the new Under Wraps below.
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