Final Fantasy and Disney are two things that people would never have thought to bring together, but Kingdom Hearts has managed to pull it off and is one of the most popular game series from Square Enix. What’s interesting is, Disney is set to develop an animated series based on the franchise.
This comes from Cinema Spot’s Emre Kaya who has confirmed that Disney has commissioned Square Enix to develop an animated pilot for a Kingdom Hearts series. Here’s the post:
There is a #KingdomHearts series in the works at Disney+.
Disney originally wanted to make it but that didn't work out, so Square Enix was asked to create a pilot using Unreal Engine.
This series is most likely not live-action, but CG animated. They're currently casting. pic.twitter.com/jroZXImeOm
— Emre Kaya (@Vullein) May 26, 2020
What’s more, the series is also expected to bring back original voice actors from various Disney properties. The DisInsider’s Skyler Shuler has confirmed that the likes of Bill Farmer (Goofy), Tony Anselmo (Donald Duck), and Jim Cummings (Winnie the Pooh) would be returning for the show. No idea yet on whether Haley Joel Osment will be doing the voice of Sora.
Seeing that the series is as wacky and outrageous as it is, I guess the best way to adapt Kingdom Hearts is into an animated show. We have no story for the series yet, but seeing as how the narrative of the games is kind of a mess, I have a feeling that Square will attempt to try and streamline the story so it would be easier to digest for audiences.
Then again, they can always just tell a story that’s set in the same world but outside of the main narrative, that way writers can have more freedom when it comes to telling the story, and the game’s narrative can remain canon.
No release date has been set for Disney’s Kingdom Hearts series, but hopefully we get an update before the year ends.