Disney to adapt Upside-Down Magic

The New York Times bestselling children's book series is being turned into an original movie for Disney Channel next summer.
August 20, 2019

The House of Mouse has optioned Scholastic’s Upside-Down Magic and plans to transform the children’s fantasy book series into a Disney Channel original movie.

Upside-Down Magic tells the story of Nory Boxwood Horace (newcomer Izabela Rose), a 13-year-old student at the Sage Academy for Magical Studies whose underwhelming ability to turn into a half-kitten, half-dragon creature lands her in a class of misfits with defective powers.

Nick Pustay (Ramona and Beezus) and Josh Cagan (Kim Possible) penned Disney’s teleplay, while the books are written by a trio of bestselling authors—Canadian Sarah Mlynowski and American writers Lauren Myracle and Emily Jenkins. More than two million copies of the six-novel series have been sold globally to date.

Suzanne Farwell (The Holiday, Something’s Gotta Give) and Susan Cartsonis (Descendants 3, The Duff) are executive producing, while Joe Nussbaum (Just Add Magic, Gabby Duran & The Unsittables) is directing. The movie entered into production today.

This project follows Secret Society of Second Born Royals, another female-led fantasy movie for tweens that was recently announced as the first Disney Channel-produced movie for upcoming SVOD Disney+. For more on the future of Disney Channel’s original movies, check out Kidscreen‘s coverage here.

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