Stop the Presses! 'Wizards of Waverly Place' is Getting a Reboot!

Allison Hunt - Author

Jan. 19 2024, Updated 2:02 p.m. ET

David Henrie, Selena Gomez and Jake Austin onstage at the 2008 ALMA Awards.
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We want you to brace yourself for what we are about to tell you: Wizards of Waverly Place is coming back. AH! We know, we are just as excited as you are!

If you don't know what we are talking about, it is probably because you are Gen Z and it was before your time. Hi there, Gen Z. We see you. We love you. And we are here for you.

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Wizards of Waverly Place follows Alex Russo, played by Selena Gomez, and her two brothers, Justin, played by David Henrie, and Max, played by J. T. Austin, as they navigate the world being magical.

So, without further ado, here is everything we know about the Wizards of Waverly Place reboot!

‘Wizards of Waverly Place’ is returning with a reboot titled 'Wizards'.

The cast of 'Wizards of Waverly Place'
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Wizards of Waverly Place originally premiered in 2007, running for four seasons and ending in 2012. Even though it only ran for four seasons, it was super popular, giving fans even more of a reason to want a reboot. Rumors of a revival first stemmed from an interview with the series creator, Todd J. Greenwald.

Todd told Seventeen during the tenth anniversary of Wizards of Waverly Place in 2017 that he has two ideas for a reboot: a full-length movie or a prequel series.

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In August 2020, Access Hollywood interviewed David and Gregg Sulkin, who played Mason Greyback. When asked about a reboot, David said "There's nothing happening yet, but there's a lot of talk. I mean, we all talk about it for fun. You know, nothing's official, but we all talk about it." Gregg added, "That show will always hold such a special place in our hearts."

David added that himself, Gregg, Selena, and Jake discussed how it would be super interesting to have the family be divided in the beginning, and then the series would be about them finding their way back to each other.

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In September of 2021, Jennifer Stone, who played Harper Finkle, posted a TikTok about questions she gets asked about Wizards of Waverly Place. One of the questions was, "Will there be a reunion?" to which she wrote, "I think we'd all like to if the time and the story is right."

Later, Jennifer and David DeLuise, who played Jerry Russo, launched their own podcast, Wizards of Waverly Pod, and confirmed how everyone, including Selena, wants to do a reunion.

Fast forward to 2024 and now a Wizards of Waverly Place reboot is in order! On Jan. 18, 2024, David posted the cover of what looks the script for the pilot of Wizards, the reboot of the iconic Disney show. He captioned the photo, "The Russo’s are excited to become a part of your family, once again, but we’ve grown. 2024, the year magic comes back." Does that means we can expect the pilot to release in 2024? Only time will tell!

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Disney also uploaded the same photo to its Instagram page as did Selena, though she shared it via her Instagram Stories. Selena and David will serve as executive producers of the pilot, Disney Branded Television later confirmed to CBS News. It was also revealed that Selena will “appear in the pilot as a guest star and Henrie will appear as Justin on a regular basis.” The news outlet also noted that Mimi Gianopulos, Janice LeAnn Brown, and Alkaio Thiele will be joining the cast of Wizards.

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What will the 'Wizards of Waverly Place' reboot be about?

According to CBS News, the reboot of Wizards of Waverly Place will center around Justin. In the revival, Justin “leaves his job at WizTech and his magic powers behind to live a normal life with his family — until a powerful young wizard shows up at his door looking for training.” Justin will need to “embrace his past to ensure the future of the Wizard World."

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While plenty of fans were excited by the news, many took to the comments section to voice their desire to have Selena an active part of the show. One Instagram user wrote "If Selena ain’t in 70% of it PLEASE don’t bother." Another urged Disney not to "mess this up" as "the old Disney kids are counting on you."

While we don't know how large of a role Selena will have in the revival of Wizards of Waverly Place or when it will release, you can count on us to keep you updated as new information becomes available.

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