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Disney Greenlights High School Musical 4

Due to the success of the tv special High School Musical 1 and 2 and the movie High School Musical 3: The Senior Year, Walt Disney greenlights the fourth sequel but with a new cast.

“High School Musical 4” will debut on the Disney Channel in 2010, marking the return of the hit franchise on television after the third installment hit the silver screen last year.

Disney Channel said in a statement the story would feature a music- and dance-filled love triangle set against cross-town rivalry between fictional high schools in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

It will introduce a new cast of characters since the roles of the original stars Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens and Ashley Tisdale in “High School Musical 3: Senior Year” have graduated already.

The High School Musical franchise and its spin-offs have proved to be a global hit since the first tv movie and it’s sequel became the 1st and 2nd most-watched in America for all time.

The first two TV movies have been seen by 300 million viewers in more than 100 countries, including India, China and Russia, produced a hit soundtrack album, a concert tour and a vast range of toys, clothes and books.

“High School Musical 3: Senior Year” — the first to be made as a feature movie — has grossed more than $250 million at the worldwide box office since its October 2008 release.

The stars of High School Musical are now continuing their careers in Hollywood. Vanessa Hudgens is set to appear in the movie Bandslam. Ashley Tisdale is shooting her film They Came from Upstairs. Zac Efron, on the other hand, starred in Me and Orson Welles and he’s now promoting his new teen-flick 17 Again.

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