Horror Writer Creating New Disney+ Show

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Disney Plus has a vast library of movies, TV shows, miniseries, and original programming.


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Its subscription numbers have not been the best, and the Walt Disney Company is reviewing issues such as password sharing, multi-tiered plans, and combining the app with Hulu.

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A New Disney Plus Show

Among the platforms newest shows are Ahsoka, Loki, Secret Invasion, and the upcoming Goosebumps series. But another new show is coming based on Princess Tiana.

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It will be an original animated series following the Disney princess as she sets off for new adventures. The show takes place after the events of the 2009 film, and its current title is Tiana.

A Horror Writer

According to Variety, the new show has secured Joyce Sherri as the lead writer and director for the upcoming project. Sherri’s previous list of work includes being a story editor for The Magic Order and a staff writer for Midnight Mass.

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The Magic Order is an animated show about five families of magicians who help protect the world. Midnight Mass, however, is a horror and supernatural TV show that tells the story of a young priest who arrives on a small island, and strange miracles, omens, and mysteries start to happen.

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Nothing suggests that the new Princess Tiana series on Disney Plus would fall into the horror genre. However, it’s interesting for Disney to bring on a writer with a background in that field.

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This is not the first time the Walt Disney Company and/or Disney Plus shows have looked to cast members and stars with backgrounds in thrill/horror genres.

Joyce Sherri’s work also includes several shorts: Beauty, Forever, Down, Down, Baby and The Family Romance.

She also won the 2020 Slamdance screenplay competition for her Sweet Sixteen feature and was selected for the 2021 Sundance Institute Screenwriters Intensive.

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The official description of the new show states that it will follow Princess Tiana as she “sets off for a grand new adventure as the newly crowned Princess of Maldonia, but a calling to her New Orleans past isn’t far behind.”

Other Details About the Princess Tiana Series

Although the Tiana show was initially announced in 2020, there hasn’t been much progress. It was delayed (as many other projects were in 2020) and was planning to debut in 2023. However, recent events have pushed the show back to 2024.

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Anika Noni Rose will reprise her role as Tiana, although it has yet to be confirmed what other characters from the original movie (and voice talents) may be returning for the new Princess Tiana series.

Princess Tiana from The Princess and the Frog

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Whether part of Disney’s original plan or not, the release of the new show based on The Princess and the Frog (2009) will fall right in line with the Disneyland Park and Magic Kingdom Park opening the reimagined Splash Mountain attraction. Tiana’s Bayou Adventure, which will be the new ride name at both parks also takes place after the original film and follows Tiana on an adventure.

Maybe the new show will have an episode that will tie it into the water flume ride?

About Steven Wilk

Steven has a complicated relationship with Disney. As a child, he visited Walt Disney World every few years with his family. But he never understood why kids his age (and older) were so scared of Snow White or Alien Encounter. He is a former participant of the Disney College Program (left early…long story), and he also previously worked in Children’s publishing, where he adapted multiple Disney movies and TV shows. He has many controversial opinions about Disney…like having a positive view of Michael Eisner, believing Return of the Jedi is superior to The Empire Strikes Back, and that Toy Story Land and Galaxy’s Edge should have never been built (at least not at Hollywood Studios). Every year for the past two decades, Steven has visited either Walt Disney World, Disneyland, Aulani or went on a Disney Cruise. He’s happy to share any and all knowledge of the Disney destinations (and he likes using parenthesis a lot…as well as ellipses…)