Prepare to feel really, really old, because the animated TV series Recess is 22 years old. TWENTY-TWO!! The show, which first aired on ABC but was eventually picked up by Disney, followed six fourth-graders who make it their mission to protect the playground against the rule of King Bob and his minions.
Recess was an iconic show that captured the reality of being a school kid, and the good news is, it’s coming back as a live-action film! A group of independent filmmakers from Vancouver are remaking the TV show as a non-profit fan film which will follow the cast as highschoolers figuring out everything from peer pressure to social media and their identities.
“Picture 10-year-old you, sitting in front of the TV, watching TJ, Spinelli, Gretchen, Vince, Mikey, Gus, Randall, the Ashleys and the rest of the colourful cast at 3rd Elementary School getting up to their usual hijinks.”
“You lay your head to rest that night and dream about being part of this group and then wake 20 years later and think: ‘Hey, I wonder what happened to the Recess gang when they went to high school?’ Well, YOU’RE WELCOME, because we’re here to answer that for you.”
The cast of the live-action Recess remake includes To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before actress Emilija Baranac, who plays one of the Ashleys, Benjamin Wadsworth from Deadly Class as TJ, Louriza Tronco from The Order as Spinelli and other actors who are involved in the film purely out of love for the show.
The filmmakers behind the remake have launched an IndieGoGo page to raise production money, all of which will go directly into the making of the film. In a disclaimer, the filmmakers state that Recess won’t be submitted to film festivals but will be released online in August for everyone to enjoy for free!
It really doesn’t get much better than that.