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This week Disney made an official announcement that it’s bringing back High School Musical for a fourth installment.
In an official statement the Disney Channel President Gary Marsh said:
“High School Musical is part of Disney Channel’s DNA. It embodies all that we stand for. As a way of continuing to embrace that heritage, we’re excited to announce ‘the start of something new’ as we launch a search for a new class of East High Wildcats to star in a fourth installment of the High School Musical franchise.”
Casting for the film is set to begin soon, and there’s not yet any word whether any of the original cast members are set to return.
The first film of the franchise was released in 2006 and starred Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Corbin Bleu, Lucas Grabeel, and Monique Coleman.
Jeffrey Hornaday will direct and choreograph the film, while Peter Barsocchini and Dan Berendsen will write the script. Peter is a returning writer to the franchise, and Jeffret Hornaday has directed for the Disney Channel before with Teen Beach Movie and Teen Beach 2.
The last film in the franchise was released in 2008, and High School Musical 3: Senior Year had the highest box office sales in its premier weekend for a musical G-rated film ever.
The franchise just celebrated its ten year reunion which brought back Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale, Lucas Grabeel, Corbin Bleu, and Monique Coleman to talk about their experiences and reminisce by watching their audition tapes. Zac Efron was not present but appeared in a pre-taped message.