Zoey 101 Revival Movie Set for Paramount+

Alexa Nikolas, who publicly accused Jamie Lynn Spears of bullying her as a teenager, will not be part of the film.

A movie sequel to “Zoey 101,” the 2005 Nickelodeon series starring Jamie Lynn Spears, is coming to Paramount+.

The streamer announced the film, tentatively titled “Zoey 102,” on Thursday. The film, which will premiere on Paramount+ later this year, stars alongside Spears and several former cast members including Erin Sanders, Sean Flynn, Matthew Underwood, Christopher Massey, Abby Wilde and Jack Salvatore.

Created and executive by Dan Schneider, the original series aired for four seasons from 2005 to 2008 and focused on Zoey, a middle school student who attends boarding school at the fictional Pacific Coast Academy in Southern California. The film focuses on a reunion between Zoey and her friends at a wedding.

Though “Zoey 101” was popular during its original airing and received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Children’s Program for its first season, allegations of on-set drama during the series’ production have made the series’ revival a trickier proposition.

Zoey 101 actress Alexa Nikolas accused Spears of bullying her on set when she was 14 and said she was bullied and left out by several members of the cast. Nikolas also said that Jamie Lynn’s sister, singer Britney Spears, yelled at her on set after Jamie Lynn lied that Nikolas was bullying she (Britney has since apologized).

Nikolas left the series after Season 2 and is one of several main cast members who will not be returning for the film. Neither will Paul Butcher, Kristin Herrera, Victoria Justice and newly crowned Golden Globe winner Austin Butler, who starred last season.

Though Schneider isn’t affiliated with the series, the producer was apparently the subject of “I’m glad my mom is dead” accusations in former “iCarly” star Jennette McCurdy’s memoir last year. Although McCurdy only referred to the character in the book as “the creator,” she described how a high-profile character on the “iCarly” set gave her alcohol and a massage as a child without her consent, and claimed that Nickelodeon tried to pay her $300,000 hush money for not speaking up.

Since the book’s release, Nikolas has made statements alleging inappropriate behavior by Schneider on the “Zoey 101” set, such as attending her wardrobe fitting and asking to take photos of the child actor’s feet. Last August, Nikolas staged a protest outside Nickelodeon’s headquarters in support of child sex abuse survivors, claiming the studio failed to protect them.

Nancy Howe is directing the film “Zoey 101” from a screenplay by Monica Sherer and Madeline Whitby. The three executive producers are Spears and Alexis Fishers. The series is a Nickelodeon and Awesomeness Live-Action Production.

“I am beyond thrilled to be back with my PCA family and to continue the story of Zoey and all of the characters that fans know and love,” Spears said in a statement. “As an Executive Producer, it has been an exciting opportunity to work with such incredible talent as well as with Paramount+ and Nickelodeon.”

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Lindsay Lowe

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