A new High School Musical movie is in the works, but fans shouldn’t expect to see Zac Efron, Corbin Bleu and Vanessa Hudgens singing and dancing on the big screen.
High School Musical 4 will bring the franchise back to television, and it’s set to debut as a Disney Channel original movie in 2010 with a new cast of characters.
The movie, which involves a classic love triangle set against the cross-town school rivalry between the East High Wildcats and the West High Knights, will begin production later this year.
“The High School Musical trilogy introduced a new generation to the celebrated genre of movie musicals. In crafting this next iteration, we’ve challenged the entire creative team to raise the bar again — and create something truly worthy of this extraordinary global phenomenon,” Gary Marsh, president of Disney Channels Worldwide, said in a statement.
The screenwriter of the next installment, Peter Barsocchini, wrote each of the first three movies in the franchise.
Disney’s Emmy Award-winning High School Musical premiered in January 2006 on Disney Channel in the U.S., and the sequel currently ranks as the No. 1 basic cable telecast of all time.
High School Musical 3: Senior Year debuted in theaters in October 2008. Its premiere weekend box office sales marked the highest debut ever for a musical and for a live-action G-rated film.