Kevin Smith On Why Disney Killed His ‘Kingdom Keepers’ Series For Disney+

The Kingdom Keepers series of novels, which began in 2005 by author Ridley Pearson, always reminded me of the Disney version of Night at the Museum. The books follow a group of five teenage holograms; by day they work as hosts in Disney theme parks, but at night they fight to stop Disney villains from taking over. I only read the first book, but it was pretty cool, and I always wondered why they never adapted it. Well, Kevin Smith has now told us why.

In a group of tweets, Smith revealed that he was hired to adapt The Kingdom Keepers as a series for Disney+. However, the series was killed by a new exec who had a really interesting gripe…

On the one hand, I get it; using so much Disney IP in one franchise could be jarring to casual audiences. On the other hand, it didn’t stop them from making a bunch of Kingdom Hearts video games. And let’s face it, this would be a really cool series to adapt. With some tweaking they could even find a way to limit the number of Disney characters that show up. I’d love to see this happen, with Smith still attached.

Travis Hopson has been reviewing movies before he even knew there was such a thing. Having grown up on a combination of bad '80s movies, pro wrestling, comic books, and hip-hop, Travis is uniquely positioned to geek out on just about everything under the sun. A vampire who walks during the day and refuses to sleep, Travis is the co-creator and lead writer for Punch Drunk Critics. He is also a contributor to Good Morning Washington, WBAL Morning News, and WETA Around Town. In the five minutes a day he's not working, Travis is also a voice actor, podcaster, and Twitch gamer. Travis is a voting member of the Critics Choice Association (CCA), Washington DC Area Film Critics Association (WAFCA), and Late Night programmer for the Lakefront Film Festival.