Thursday, December 19, 2019

Drake Bell and Josh Peck Have 'Discussed the Possibility' of a 'Drake & Josh' Revival

The singer opens up about the possibility of reuniting with his longtime friend on-screen

Update (12/19) - A Nickelodeon source has reportedly revealed to unCrazed that a Drake & Josh reboot “is happening,” and the original cast will return for the Nickelodeon series.

According to Nick source, “scripts are drafted and the cast is heading for the table in 2020,” — in other words, a table read to review the scripts is slated for early 2020. The original cast are reported to be returning, including Drake Bell and Josh Peck, Miranda Cosgrove, Nancy Sullivan and Jonathan Goldstein with special guest appearances from Yvette Brown and Jerry Trainor.

The cast has open schedules for next year, with the source suggesting the start of production will be around “April, give or take,” and could see a Christmas 2020 release that allows the show to roll into 2021. unCrazed have also told cast-mates are being told by execs to “confirm nor deny” development of a reboot, “but either way, it’s happening.”

It's currently unknown whether show creator Dan Schneider will be part of the revival. The Schneider parted ways with Nickelodeon in March 2018 leaving the future of multiple shows with uncertainty. Schneider, before his departure, focussed on new projects and had the drive for new content creation, over rebooting old projects. A Nick source tells revealed that the 53-year-old feared the digital age would impact his career as a television producer, a business he became part of in 1984.

If Drake & Josh is revived, it's also unknown how the revival will be: it could be a TV movie, a series or a reunion of a series such as All That (similar to the upcoming Zoey 101 reunion). It's also unknown whether it'll air on Nickelodeon or on Netflix, as part of Nickelodeon's recent content partnership with the streamer.

Please note that this information has yet to be confirmed by Nickelodeon or any of the show's cast.

Original post (continued...)

Drake Bell and Josh Peck are ready to reunite on screen — but not in the way fans might expect.

Bell stopped by People Now on Monday and opened up about the possibility of a Drake & Josh revival.

“Josh [Peck] has come up with a really cool idea — we’ve been talking,” he said. “So many things have to come together and actually happen to make that a reality.”

But while the “Fuego Lento” singer said there’s still a lot of details to be discussed among the pair, a reboot is “a lot closer than it’s ever been.”

“At least it’s on the table,” he said. “Now we’ve at least discussed the possibility of something happening.”

Drake & Josh originally aired on Nickelodeon from 2004-07. The sitcom starred Bell and Peck as stepbrothers navigating their new sibling relationship while trying to survive high school.

So what would an updated version of the hit sitcom look like? Bell said the new project wouldn’t just be an older version of their original characters.

“[We] want it to be something creative,” he explained. “It can’t be Drake and Josh in college. … It has to be something a little different, turn it on its head a little bit.”

Bell previously told PEOPLE that he’s excited about the prospect to work alongside Peck again.

“We’ve known each other for so long, and it really is once in a lifetime in this industry that you get to work with somebody and it clicks like that,” he said. “He’s just got an amazing comedic wit and incredible timing and he’s really smart and we really get along. So I think that it just kind of all goes together.”

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Originally published: Monday, August 26, 2019.
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