Disney Channel announced that casting has begun for the fourth installment of its wildly popular “High School Musical” franchise.
“High School Musical 4” is definitely happening, and at the helm is “Teen Beach Movie” director Jeffrey Hornaday.
According to Entertainment Tonight, the announcement comes 10 years after the first “HSM” movie smashed Disney Channel records and made huge stars of Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Corbin Bleu and Ashley Tisdale.
“‘High School Musical’ is part of Disney Channel’s DNA. It embodies all that we stand for,” said Disney Channels Worldwide President and Chief Creative Officer Gary Marsh in a statement.
“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.”
The television film was Disney Channel’s highest-rated telecast and the first-ever TV movie soundtrack to reach #1 on the Billboard Top 200 chart.
Entertainment Tonight reported that the film’s sequel “High School Musical 2” is ranked as the number one basic cable telecast of all time, with 18.6 million viewers.
Fans have some mixed emotions about this revival because, as far as we know, none of the original cast will be coming back.
The film blew up the careers of Zac Efron, who recently had a smash hit with the laugh-out-loud film “Dirty Grandpa.”
Vanessa Hudgens recently played Rizzo in Fox’s telecast of “Grease Live.”
The third film in the franchise, “High School Musical 3” was released in theaters instead of as a Disney Channel original movie. It grossed over $250M nationwide.
The film’s popularity has also translated into a hugely successful school stage production as well.
“High School Musical 4” will once again take place at East High and follow the school’s famous Wildcats.
Dan Berendsen (“Baby Daddy”) will write the screenplay alongside Peter Barsocchini, who wrote all three “High School Musical” movies.