“The Goonies”-inspired “Untitled Film Re-Enactment Project” which was originally intended for Fox is now being redeveloped at Disney+. The series now has the title “Our Time.” The Donner Company and Amblin, which were behind the original, are also back on board.
The original project had been adapted by writer Sarah Watson into a pilot for Fox which was about a teacher who helps her students re-create, shot-for-shot, the original movie. Fox ended up passing on the series which felt it skewed too young for the network.
“Sarah worked nonstop to deliver this incredible script, we had our table read, and then the world shut down for COVID,” says Clancy Collins White, exec VP and head of development. “So we came back many months later and finished the beautiful pilot, and it was an incredible cast, but unfortunately a little bit too young for Fox. And so we immediately swung into high gear and hit the town with it. We did not yet have anything in development at Disney Plus. It’s been another example of being able to carve a pathway where there wasn’t one by virtue of a great story, a great pilot, a great series. The deal has taken a while to make, but we’re really excited to be moving forward.”
Besides Watson, executive producers include Gail Berman and Hend Baghdady from The Jackal Group; Lauren Shuler Donner and the late Richard Donner; and Amblin TV’s Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey.