The ’90s Disney hit show Recess is getting a live-action reboot almost 20 years after its demise.
Filmmakers Jerome Yoo and Kent Donguines, and screenwriter Zlatina Pacheva, have teamed up for the surprising new film, which was set earlier this month in Vancouver.
But as the original series followed a group of fourth-graders, the new version takes a look at what their high school life would have been like.
Bring It Back: Filmmakers Make Live-Action Movie From ’90s Disney Show Recess
Flash-forward! He will follow the casting as a teenager in high school
Recess premiered on August 31, 1997 on ABC and aired as part of the networks’ One Saturday Morning programming block with shows like 101 Dalmatians: The Series, Disney’s Doug, and Pepper Ann.
He followed the life of a group of fourth-grade students at Third Street Elementary School, including TJ, Vince, Ashley and Mikey.
It ended in 2001, but that didn’t stop 90s kids from thinking about it, including a group that got together to make the movie.
According to an Indiegogo fundraising page, the film is a fan film, which is not endorsed or sanctioned by Walt Disney Television Animation.
But the creators predict it will be a tribute.
Fan-Directed: The fan movie is not affiliated with Disney or the creators of the original show, which aired from 1997 to 2001 on ABC
“As filmmakers, we want to explore a more grown-up version of the show – same characters, different issues,” the filmmakers said.
They added, “Live action, re-imagining the gang in a high school tackling current issues like love, peer pressure, social media, identity, etc.”
‘Imagine yourself, at age 10, sitting in front of the TV, watching TJ, Spinelli, Gretchen, Vince, Mikey, Gus, Randall, the Ashleys and the rest of the colorful cast of 3rd Street Elementary School standing up to their usual hijinks, reads the description.
“You lay your head to rest that night and dream of being a part of this group, then you wake up 20 years later and think, ‘Hey, I wonder what happened to the Recess gang when they went to the high school ? “
“Well, YOU ARE WELCOME, because we’re here to answer that question for you!
“As filmmakers, we want to explore a more grown-up version of the show – same characters, different issues. Live action, reimagining the gang in a high school tackling current issues like love, peer pressure, social media, identity, and more.
Leader: Benjamin Wadsworth, 19, as TJ. Benjamin previously worked on the Deadly Class and Dad vs. The D
Cool kids: Ashley Spinelli is played by 25-year-old Louriza Tronco, who has appeared in The Order, Spiral and Make It Pop
The casting continues! Gretchen is played by Lillian Doucet-Roche, 25, who worked on Season of Miracles
Start! Vince is played by Fritzy-Klevans Destine, who scored his first film credit with the film
Grown Up: Sean Depner plays Mikey. Sean has also appeared in The Order and Deadly Class.
The film was shot in Vancouver earlier this month and is currently in post-production.
The plot is classic Recess with a grown-up twist.
“When Mikey gets his fragile heart broken by Ashley A, the gang (with TJ at the helm) try to cheer him up with treats at Kelso’s corner store. In their quest to make Mikey smile again, they discover that something more sinister than a breakup is brewing at Third Street High… ”the description reads.
The film only raised $ 861 in funds, but the cast and crew all volunteered to work for the production.
This cast features 19-year-old Benjamin Wadsworth as TJ. Benjamin previously worked on the Deadly Class and Dad vs. The D.
Envelope! Adam DiMarco will play Randall in the film, which was set in Vancouver this month
Ashley # 1: Sydney Scotia from Some Assembly Required plays Ashley A
Ashley # 2: Kelcey Mawema from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before is Ashley B
Ashley # 3: Riverdale’s Emilija Baranac Is Ashley T In The Movie
Ashley # 4: And Brenna Llewellyn is Ashley Q
To complete: Clive Holloway from Beaver Falls plays Gus
Ashley Spinelli is played by 25-year-old Louriza Tronco, who has appeared in The Order, Spiral and Make It Pop.
Sean Depner plays Mikey. Sean has also appeared in The Order and Deadly Class.
Gretchen is played by Lillian Doucet-Roche, 25, who worked on Season of Miracles, while Vince is played by Fritzy-Klevans Destine, who scored his first film credit with the film.
Clive Holloway of Beaver Falls plays Gus.
Also appearing in the film: Sydney Scotia, Brenna Llewellyn, Kelcey Mawema and Emilija Baranac of To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before as “The Ashleys” and Adam DiMarco as Randall.