Disney Channel has greenlit a supernatural comedy pilot starring the boy band Forever In Your Mind, Variety has learned exclusively.
The pilot, titled “Forever Boys,” will star the three members of the Hollywood Records band, Ricky Garcia, Emery Kelly and Liam Attridge.
The potential series follows three brothers, played by the band, who were bitten by a vampire during their debut concert in 1957. After living in the shadows for over half a century to keep their vampire-identities a secret, they meet a music producer who convinces them to reemerge as a vampire boy band. Now, on track to become stars, the boys are excited to breathe new life into their music career while trying to live as normal teenagers.
The pilot is seamless synergy for the Mouse House, as Forever In Your Mind is signed with Disney Music Group’s record label Hollywood Records. The trio has been in business with Disney Channel before, as they sing the theme song for the network’s sitcom “Best Friends Whenever” — plus, Garcia is a series regular on the show, and Kelly has had a guest part. Between the members of the band, they have also had small roles on Disney’s “Girl Meets World,” Disney’s “Dog With A Blog” and Disney XD’s “Lab Rats.” This summer, the band headlined Radio Disney’s Sounds of Summer concert, and recorded the “DC Classic Medley” for the alum “Your Favorite Songs From 100 Disney Channel Original Movies.” The band’s videos have over 10 million views on Vevo.
The “Forever Boys” pilot hails from Bob Smiley (“Yes, Dear”) who will write the pilot and serve as co-exec producer. Other writers are David Light, Joseph Raso and Stephen Engel. “Jimmy Kimmel Live” director Adam Stein will direct the pilot.
The pilot heads into production in Los Angeles next month. If picked up to series, the show would debut in 2017.
Kelly is repped by APA; Attridge is with The Savage Agency; and Garcia is with CESD. All are managed by Joby Harte at The Partnership. Smiley is repped by Gersh and attorneys David Krintzman and Ashley Birskman at Morris Yorn.