Chris Columbus' "Adventures in Babysitting" is one of those Disney movies that is really quite good but gets glossed over a lot of the time because it wasn't a big hit when it was released and the studio has never really gotten behind it since (although, somewhat surprisingly, a high definition 25th anniversary edition was released on Blu-ray). While a sequel or remake or something has been floated around over the past decade, with both Raven Symone and Miley Cyrus having been linked to the project, it looks like things are finally getting underway on a proper follow-up (according to AdWeek). That's right folks, coming soon to the Disney Channel is.... "Further Adventures in Babysitting."
Set to debut in 2016, almost 30 years after the original film was released (shortly after Michael Eisner and Jeffrey Katzenberg came to Disney and injected fresh blood and a new sensibility), "Further Adventures in Babysitting" will star Sabrina Carpenter (who stars in Disney Channel's hit series "Girl Meets World") and Sofa Carson (of upcoming Disney Channel project "Descendants"), it's unknown as to whether or not Elisabeth Shue will make an appearance, although considering how rarely you see her, it's probably not out of the question. This new film will be written by Tiffany Paulsen and directed by John Schultz ("Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer"); the original was directed by "Gremlins" writer and future "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" filmmaker Columbus and produced by John Carpenter confederate Debra Hill.
Considering the first film was set in Chicago but largely photographed in Toronto, you can probably expect the same level of obvious cheapness for this new, direct-to-cable production. Hopefully it will have the heart and strangeness of the original, too. Another interesting thing to think about: in the first film there's a character who is obsessed with the comic book titan Thor (and a character the babysitter and the kids meet up with resembles the hero) and now Disney owns Marvel who owns the character. Chris Hemsworth cameo, anyone?