High School Musical series approved to film in Utah

The Utah Film Commission announced the Governor’s Office of Economic Development Board approval of the latest project from Disney Channel to receive a state film incentive to shoot in Utah.

Described as a fresh take on Disney Channel’s iconic franchise, also filmed in Utah, High School Musical: The Musical is a ten-episode scripted series for Disney’s upcoming direct-to-consumer streaming service. Production is scheduled to begin in Salt Lake City in early 2019, with an estimated spend of over $14 million.

Virginia Pearce, Director of the Utah Film Commission, said: “Visitors still make special trips to Utah to see where High School Musical was filmed and we’re incredibly proud of its resonating impact with generations of young people. We’re thrilled to introduce a fresh take on this classic story and continue to support Disney’s production here in Utah.”

The series is written by novelist, screenwriter and former Broadway performer, Tim Federle, and executive produced by Tim Federle, Oliver Goldstick (Pretty Little Liars), Bill Borden and Barry Rosenbush (High School Musical movies). Told in documentary style, The Musicalwill follow a group of East High students as they stage a performance of High School Musical, only to realize that as much drama happens offstage as onstage.

Utah has a long history with Disney, with 40 projects filmed in state over the last two decades. Productions including John CarterThe Lone RangerHigh School Musical 1, 2 and 3, and the hit show Andi Mack, currently shooting its third season, have led to an estimated in-state spend of $175 million and the creation of over 3,500 local jobs.

Susette Hsiung, Executive Vice President, Network Production Management and Operations, Disney Channels Worldwide, commented: “We’re looking forward to continuing our work with Utah’s Film Commission and with the state’s outstanding production crews, facilities and incentive program which have contributed to high quality content for kids and families.”