Big Hero 6, the hit Walt Disney Animation Studios film based on characters and concepts from Marvel Comics is getting a sequel - but instead of a film, it will come to Disney XD as a series. The show will debut in 2017 and is in production now.
The follow-up to the Academy Award-winning feature film inspired by the comic book characters created by Man of Action's Steven T. Seagle and Duncan Rouleau will be spear-headed for Disney Television Animation by executive producers Mark McCorkle and Bob Schooley, the creators and showrunners of Kim Possible. They're joined by fellow Kim Possible alum Nick Filippi, who will also serve as an executive producer and supervising director.
Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer of Disney Channels Worldwide announced the series as part of the Kids Upfront for 2016, one of 17 new series planned for debut across Disney Channel, Disney Junior, and Disney XD.
"Our colleagues at Walt Disney Animation Studios have created a brilliant new world, inspired by Marvel, with vivid, unique characters," Marsh said in a statement provided to ComicBook.com. "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."
The series will start immediately following the events of the feature film, and is a direct sequel to the events there. The continuing adventures of Hiro and Baymax, his robot pal, are once again joined by Wasabi, Honey lemon, Fred, and GoGo Tomago. Now established as a team, Big Hero 6 protect the city of San Fransokyo from high-tech villains while Hiro faces the unique challenges as a scientific prodigy at San Fransokyo Institute of Technology.
Disney XD did not announce casting or animation style for the 2017 Big Hero 6 series yet. Much of the cast of the film has an extensive relationship with Disney, though, so it's not inconceivable to see them all return. Jamie Chung, the voice of GoGo in the film, works with Disney on Once Upon a Time in the recurring role of Mulan on ABC, for instance. T.J. Miller, who voiced Fred, does extensive voicework, including multiple voices on the recently concluded Gravity Falls on Disney XD. Expect more news on Big Hero 6 as production gets underway leading up to the 2017 release.