As the High School Musical film series lies dormant in the U.S. (for now anyway)--the winning fornula is going East.
Disney has started production on a Chinese version of the franchise for release in theaters next Summer.
"Disney High School Musical: China" tells the story of a new student who meets a gifted young man with whom she shares a secret passion for singing. With the help of their friends they overcome the odds to win an inter-school singing competition, and discover their true calling in the process.
Jason Reed, general manager of Walt Disney Studios international production: "We wrote an original screenplay from the ground up. This is inspired by the spirit of the first one. The young stars are not as well known as they will be soon. The key for us was that they could sing and dance and whether they had the energy and charisma needed."
Filming is underway in Shanghai and features six new young stars drawn from across China
Expanding the brand is a smart business move by the Mouse House....
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