Selena Gomez may have let the cat out of the bag when she told MTV News last week that plans were in progress to turn her popular Disney series, “Wizards of Waverly Place” — about a New York City family whose kids have magical powers — into a movie.
When asked last week by MTV News if a film was in the works, Gomez replied without pausing, “Yes! We actually want to shoot it here in New York,” and even speculated a bit about what might happen in the film. “I think it would have to be that our secret is about to be exposed,” she said.
Speaking of secrets being exposed, while that information is basically correct, the devil is in the details. Gomez’s rep clarified to MTV News on Thursday (October 30) that while there is a film in development, it’s a Disney Channel original movie, rather than a feature film.
“It will be part of the blockbuster Disney Channel Original Movie franchise, the same franchise that launched ’High School Musical’ and ’Camp Rock,’ ” a rep for Disney said. “While it’s only in development, the plan is to have the movie ready for the 2009 calendar year.”
However, until her movie dreams come true, Gomez is hard at work on the series. “I think that my fans will expect more magic and crazy stuff going on,” she said of the show’s ongoing second season. “I think you see Alex more mature this season.”
Gomez excitedly revealed the one big way that her character is growing up and finding herself. “She gets her first boyfriend,” she said. “His name is Daniel, and he’s just this really sweet guy who, I honestly think, has a lot of potential. I think he’s going to do great.” She added, “No, [he doesn’t know our secret] yet.”
But if Gomez could have her way, her big celebrity crush Shia LaBeouf would make a cameo in the TV show. “You’d think that as much as I promote it [he’d be coming on],” she joked. “I’m, like, begging, but it’s not happening. I know I’m a nerd! Please, Shia, come on my show!”