(KUTV) — High School Musical is returning to Utah.
The trilogy of films that started in 2006 with a Disney Channel original movie and continued with two theatrical films, is returning to Salt Lake City. It is described as a fresh take on the franchise, this time as a ten-episode series for Disney's forthcoming streaming service.
The Utah Film Commission announced the series' return to the Beehive State with an estimated influx of $14 million.
East High School was the backdrop for much of what happened in those films but locations all around Utah are visible. East is mentioned in the press release from the Utah Film Commission.
The series is written by Tim Federle. It is described as:
Told in documentary style, The Musical will 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 currently is home to Disney's "Andi Mack" series, shooting its third season. The studio also filmed parts of films such as "John Carter," and "The Lone Ranger." Utah also serves for locations with HBO's current series "Westworld," and was home to many Hollywood films, including classic John Ford westerns.
More than 1,400 productions have filmed in Utah including "Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid," and "Thelma and Louise."
Production is scheduled to start in early 2019.