Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a wildly successful book series written by Jeff Kinney that was first published in 2007. The demand for novels to be translated into film adaptations is on the rise. Disney+ was tapped to be the home of the animated version of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, the second book in the series.

This film follows a similar path to the live-action version that was released in 2011 and starred Zachary Gordon (Dead of Summer) and Devon Bostick (The 100) in the lead roles. The Illuminerdi’s Chalice Williams got the chance to sit down with Kinney to discuss the project and his future plans for Greg, Rodrick, and the whole gang. 

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DIARY OF A WIMPY KID CREATOR JEFF KINNEY DISCUSSES HIS FUTURE PLANS

While chatting with The Illuminerdi’s Chalice Williams, Kenny revealed that he would like to release a new film based on the series every year. Here’s what he had to say on the subject:

CHALICE: “Are there any Disney+ series like Loki or WandaVision…that you feel you see potential in Diary of a Wimpy Kid going to be maybe 7 or 8 episodes long…?”

JEFF: “I think the right place for us to be right now is to release a new film every year… I like releasing one a year because that’s like the way I release my books. It’s enough time.”

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Rodrick Rules did a great job at developing each character and bringing their personalities to life. This leaves the door open for many more possibilities in terms of hearing the stories from each of their perspectives. There are several life lessons to be learned such as the importance of family and honesty. These are the type of positive messages parents want their kids to take hold of these days.

Overall, the Diary series has massive potential to continue to grow and Disney+ is the perfect platform to do just that. Their target audience aligns perfectly and the viewership definitely there. As long as Kinney continues to keep his creative juices flowing as he’s done for going on two decades, the future looks promising for the popular franchise.

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Dirty of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules is based on the popular book series and features the original song, “Can You Smell Us Now,” written and produced by Jon Levine, with lyrics by Jeff Kinney and performed by Jimmy Tatro. The new feature focuses on the disaster-prone middle school student Greg Heffley and his time around his complicated relationship with his older brother, Rodrick.

As a high-school student, Rodrick is lazy and likes to spend way too much time playing with his rock band, Löded Diper. While Rodrick likes to torment his little brother, he ultimately has a deep affection for him. The new film is directed by Teen Titans Go! veteran Luke Cormican and written and produced by Kinney. It features the voices of Brady Noon, Ethan William Childress, the late Edward Asner, Chris Diamantopoulos, Erica Cerra, and Hunter Dillon. The new CG-animated movie is streaming now on Disney+.

But what do you think? Do you plan on checking out Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules on Disney+? Any thoughts on what Jeff Kinney shared about his project and future plans? Let us know what you think in the comments and on The Illuminerdi Twitter.

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