I'm embarrassed to say I've seen all three High School Musical movies. I also own all the soundtracks. And while I'm admitting things, I will add I even saw the concert a couple years ago. But… it's just too much. It used to be cool; now, it's lame and Disney really needs to stop.
Disney is planning a fourth High School Musical. The newest movie will air in 2010 and will be in production later this year. It will feature new characters (that's right, no more Troy and Gabriella.) Additionally, it will focus on a high school rivalry. I bet, since High School Musical is set in East High, it will be West High. That's original.
There's a major red flag in the previous paragraph. New actors? Generally, if a cast doesn't want to film another movie, you shouldn't film another movie. The graduated class had major chemistry and that was why High School Musical was successful. If Disney hires a new cast and they don't have chemistry, the entire High School Musical name will be tarnished.
Without the fourth movie, Disney was already pushing it. The ice show already caused enough damage to the franchise and almost caused me not to see the third movie. In fact, I don't even remember what happened in the third movie. It just wasn't memorable. I decided I should see it though, for closure.
That's just it, the third movie was closure. All of the old characters graduated. That's the end. The end of an era. It should be the end of the franchise. It should be.
Disney is just greedy. High School Musical 3 was released in theaters in 2008 and made more than $40 million its opening weekend. They could make a ton of money on a fourth film. But is losing a great franchise worth the risks they're taking?
The general rule of thumb is no more than three movies. Trilogies are perfect. Any more and the name will be ruined. I will not see the fourth High School Movie even if there's nothing better to do.