Worry not, Wildcats! Disney has announced a fourth installment of the wildly popular High School Musical movie franchise.
This go-round may not have Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, Ashley Tisdale and the rest of the gang of song-and-dancers, but it will have kids from East High singing and, well, dancing by 2010. Production is set to begin later this year.
HSM4 will return to the cable channel where HSM and HSM2 kicked off the global phenomenon. The premise is described in a Disney statement as, “East meets West in a classic love triangle set against the crosstown school rivalry between the East High Wildcats and West High Knights.”
Given that most of the main characters graduated and headed to college at the end of the franchise’s $250 million box office hit, HSM3: Senior Year, it’s probably safe to say that they won’t be “all in this together.” However, the conclusion of the film also featured a passing of the torch of sorts, as it introduced several new, younger characters, including those played by Jemma McKenzie-Brown, Matt Prokop and Justin Martin. The Mouse network has yet to confirm their reprisal.
No word on whether director Kenny Ortega—who’s currently busy remaking Footloose with Zefron himself—will be returning to his alma mater, but screenwriter Peter Barsocchini and executive producers Bill Borden and Barry Rosenbush definitely will be returning to their red-and-white uniforms.