Disney Plans Chinese “High School Musical”

Disney Studios has started production on a Chinese version of “High School Musical” for release in theaters next Summer.

“Disney High School Musical: China” is 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.

The project is the latest in a series of branded local co-productions such as 2007’s “The Magic Gourd”, 2008’s “Roadside Romeo” and “Book of Masters” earlier this year.

Shi Zheng Chen helms the spin-off created uniquely for Chinese audiences. Filming is underway in Shanghai and features six new young stars drawn from across China.