The project was based on Serena Valentino’s “Villains” series of books. It was set to tell the origin stories of Disney characters like Ursula from “The Little Mermaid,” The Beast from “Beauty and the Beast,” Maleficent from “Sleeping Beauty” and the Wicked Queen from “Snow White.” Valentino’s book series also features “Mother Knows Best” about Mother Gothel, the villain from the 2010 film “Tangled.”
Michael Seitzman was on board to write and produce the series, from ABC Signature Studios. Seitzman previously created the CBS medical drama “Code Black” and worked on the ABC series “Quantico.”
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