Bay­max to come to a TV screen near you

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - SHOWBIZ - By BRIAN STEIN­BERG

NO one's putting Big Hero 6 into the Dis­ney Vault.

Walt Dis­ney's TV- an­i­ma­tion unit will cre­ate a TV se­ries based on the 2014 film about an in­flat­able ro­bot named "Bay­max" and the young prodigy it be­friends.

Pro­duc­tion has be­gun for a 2017 de­but on Dis­ney XD ca­ble net­works around the world, the com­pany an­nounced last week. Mark McCorkle and Bob Schoo­ley, cre­ators and ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers of the Dis­ney Chan­nel se­ries Kim Pos­si­ble, are the ex­ec­u­tive pro­duc­ers.

"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," said Gary Marsh, pres­i­dent and chief cre­ative of­fi­cer, Dis­ney Chan­nels World­wide, in a pre­pared state­ment.

In decades past, a Dis­ney prop­erty might sur­face only oc­ca­sion­ally af­ter its first run. And in­deed, some of the com­pany's older clas­sics turn up in the mar­ket­place only ev­ery few years, as any­one who might want to go to the store and buy a copy of the 1953 an­i­mated show­case Peter Pan might tell you. But in re­cent years, the com­pany has found new ways to bur­nish some of its big­gest fig­ures and films.

Tan­gled, the 2010 riff on the Ra­pun­zel fairy tale, is slated to re­turn as a se­ries on Dis­ney Chan­nel in 2017. The Lion Guard, a TV- se­ries re­boot of sorts of 1994' s The Lion King, de­buted on Dis­ney Chan­nel and Dis­ney Ju­nior in the United States last year. And the com­pany has placed more im­por­tance on new live- mo­tion ver­sions of an­i­mated favourites like Cin­derella and The Jun­gle Book.

Big Hero 6 was in­spired by a comic from Dis­ney’s Marvel sub­sidiary. The film tells the story of Bay­max 6, tech- savvy 14- year- old Hiro and their friends as they try to solve a mys­tery that threat­ens the city of San Fran­sokyo. The movie took in over US$ 657mil ( RM2.7bil) world­wide. – Reuters

Pro­duc­tion for Big Hero 6 TV se­ries has be­gun for a 2017 de­but. — Hand­out

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