Are you ready to get your head back in the game?
Zac Efron might be. Over the weekend, a reporter for E! asked the actor if he would ever return to the sacred (?) halls of East High – home of Disney’s High School Musical franchise. And instead of shooting down the rumors, Efron replied, “We’re all thinking about it. I continue to see all the guys from High School. Every time we do…there’s just this look between us.”
Right off the bat, I’ll acknowledge that while this isn’t a “no,” it’s also not confirmation of a reunion. But also: At this point, would a reunion be the worst idea? It’s not exactly surprising that Efron may be in, even though a year or two ago he wanted to graduate from East High for good. (UPDATE: When EW asked Disney Channel for a response to Efron’s comments, they sent this statement: “Everyone at Disney Channel takes pride in knowing that our wonderful ‘High School Musical’ cast has fond memories about their days as ‘Wildcats,’ and that each year, new audiences are introduced to the movies through our telecasts around the world, but we have no ‘new news’ to report.”)
If Efron did decide to return and give us “Scream Pt. 2,” it’s easy to see the rest of the cast following suit. They wouldn’t even have to carry a full movie: For a long time, Disney was developing a fourth High School Musical for TV. (And no, I’m not talking about SNL’s High School Musical: New Senior Class.) The movie, called High School Musical: East Meets West, supposedly would have starred a new cast, and would have told a West Side Story-esque story about East and West High. (Real talk: What was Troy and Gabrielle’s love if not a millennial, significantly less high-stakes version of Maria and Tony?) The project keeps getting pushed back, but it hasn’t been canceled – Disney just put out Teen Beach Movie instead. But what if it got revved up again – and the original HSM gang came back for a little alumni number? (Efron has long said he would consider doing something like that.)
A return from the original six could give HSM4 enough buzz for the movie to get off the ground. After all, Efron – while clearly the star of the bunch – has seen his last couple projects disappoint (RIP, That Awkward Moment). And while he’ll still have no trouble booking future films, it could be in Efron’s best interest to remind people why they love him in the first place. Specifically, I’m talking about this:
Was this whole post of hypothetical teen movie hype just an excuse to embed the video above, so you can start your week off right? Bet on it.