Production Begins on Disney Channel Movie 'How to Build a Better Boy' Starring China Anne McClain

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August 1st, 2013


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Disney Channel taps into a three-dimensional "geek chic" comedy adventure with "How to Build a Better Boy," a present day take on a futuristic story starring Disney Channel star China Anne McClain ("A.N.T. Farm") and Disney XD star Kelli Berglund ("Lab Rats"). Set in Washington, DC, the storyline follows high school sophomores Mae Hartley (Berglund) and Gabby Harrison (McClain), two tech-savvy best friends who devise a plan to create the perfect boyfriend with just a few strokes of the keyboard and a wireless connection. What Gabby and Mae don't realize is that the computer they use is set up to generate a robotic super soldier, which they have inadvertently activated in the form of Albert, a macho yet sensitive super cute boy.


Production has begun in Toronto, Canada for a premiere in 2014. The movie is directed by three-time DGA Award winner Paul Hoen ("Let It Shine," "Camp Rock 2: The Final Jam"), executive produced by Robin Schorr ("Food, Inc.," "The Pretty One") and Adam Kossack, co-executive produced by Dan Seligmann and written by Jason Mayland ("Space Chimps").


In addition to McClain and Berglund, the movie stars newcomer Marshall Williams (contestant in "Canadian Idol") as Albert Banks, Noah Centineo ("Austin & Ally") as Jaden Stark, Ashley Argota ("True Jackson, VP") as Nevaeh Barnes, Matt Shively ("True Jackson, VP") as Bart Hartley and Roger Bart ("Revenge") as James Hartley.


The ratings force known as the Disney Channel Original Movie franchise accounts for the top two cable TV movies of all time in Total Viewers with "High School Musical 2" and "Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie," and four of the top six overall. In fact, "High School Musical 2" is still the No. 1 scripted cable TV telecast in Total Viewers ever (18.6 million), while its latest hit, "Teen Beach Movie" (11.9 million), handily broke into the top five movies in cable TV history based on L+3 ratings. Moreover, as of 2012 the franchise has created the No. 1 original movie telecast among Tweens 9-14 for 11 consecutive years and the No. 1 cable TV movie in five of the past six years.


Disney Channel is a 24-hour kid-driven, family inclusive television network that taps into the world of kids and families through original series and movies. Currently available on basic cable and satellite in nearly 99 million U.S. homes and to millions of other viewers on Disney Channels around the world, Disney Channel is part of the Disney/ABC Television Group.

  • John

    As much as I love Disney channel 2014 is becoming very feminim and sexist, 2014 is gonna be girl meets world, and two dcoms called “how to build a better boy” and “Boys are dogs” starring zendaya, boys watch Disney channel as well, not Disney xd cuz its rubbish, but I’m happy to see Ashley argota on tv again

  • Danny

    I agree, legend of Korra, and Gravity falls, has been getting the male audience on Disney and nick, some people may say Sanjay but I just think its just generally stupid, and also why does Disney channel want to make Olivia holt and Kelli berglung from Disney xd famous, they just keep the girls and throw the boys

  • Nathan

    Lord have mercy…

    The plot sounds horrible.

  • Jon23812

    @John, Agreed. Zeke & Luther was the only good show Disney XD made. It would be nice if Disney Channel made more boy-centric shows/movies. They only non-animated boy-centric show they have is Austin & Ally

  • lisa

    I agree with John and Danny, there needs to be a balance for boys and girls, however I think it might be quite cool and it’s going back to the old Disney Channel movies like pixel perfect, where it was wacky and fun and not just about ‘being who you are’ and ‘never give up’ and all of the same junk we see on Disney and Nickelodeon and also I’m excited to see Ashley on Disney channel

  • Jacob

    Yeah it sound ok just like @Lisa it’s abit like pixel perfect, but the name is very sexist. Disney Channel and Nickelodeon need to know that not all boys are idiots

  • Cody

    Ummmmm written by the writer of “Space Chimps”?? Does that not sound very positive?

  • Roddric

    This sounds like a Disney/tween version of ‘Weird Science’.

  • Dan

    Sheeeeit, this movie is filming at my university!

  • Vannessa

    I disagree with everyone. All the disney tv shows and movies are JUNK. They SUCK. They are useless and meaningless look back to the shows and movies from the 90s. I cant stand disney anymore. I showed my cousin and sis the old tv shows, they loved them instead of the crap they give now. Thats so raven, the suit life of zack and cody, phil of the future. Poof point, pixl perfect, brink all those movies are intreging and have no harm. The other day i was watching good luck charlie and they said something inapprprate enough for my sister to ask questions(not good). I HATE THE NEW DISNEY BRING BACK THE OLD DISNEY CUZ THE NEW ONE IS FULL OF CRAP

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