E! News recently posted a video clip on Instagram of Zac Efron saying he would be interested in appearing in a reboot of the “High School Musical” series during a promotional interview for his new movie, “Firestarter.” When asked about returning to the franchise that turned him into a star, he told E! News, “Of course, of course. I mean, to have an opportunity in any form to go back and work with that team would be so amazing. My heart is still there. That would be incredible. I hope it happens.”
Though Efron claims enthusiasm for playing Troy Bolton again, there does not appear to be any movement to reboot the series on Disney’s part. In 2016, Variety reported that Disney had started casting for a “High School Musical 4” project, which reportedly promised to continue the first three movies’ storyline while also introducing characters from a rival high school. It does not appear that the project ever made it off the ground.
The most recent “High School Musical” action fans of the 2000s Disney Channel Original movies have received is the Disney+ series “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” which revolves around the fictional high school where the “High School Musical” films were made putting on a production of “High School Musical.” Notably, the series has helped spark singer and songwriter Olivia Rodrigo’s career. According to Variety, its upcoming third season involves the series’ characters putting on a summer-camp performance of “Frozen.” Per Variety, Corbin Bleu, who stars in the original three movies as Troy’s BFF Chad, is set to appear as himself in a Season 3 guest role.