In case you weren’t aware, it was announced last year that High School Musical 4 was going to be a reality. According to a report by The Hollywood Reporter, the movie “will center on a new group of students at East High, as well as their cross-town rivals, the West High Knights.”
While we were pretty gutted that we wouldn’t see the return of Troy Bolton and Gabriella Montez (we guess they gotta go their own way…), the fact that we might get some more songs as iconic as “Breaking Free,” “Stick to the Status Quo,” and “You Got the Music in Me” was enough to get us to pop and lock and jam and break.
Now it seems that Kenny Ortega is up to return to direct High School Musical 4, and it’s the greatest news ever.
Speaking to People’s Choice about the movie, Ortega said that he would definitely want to be a part of the franchise upon its return.
In fact, it seems that Ortega has pretty much loved working since he made the first movie, calling his subsequent career “exactly what I’ve wanted to do all my life.” However, he’s thankful for HSM (as are we, tbh).
“Although we are now seeing live television, live musicals on television and a lot of dance programs, but the actual break-into-song musicals are still a rarity,” he said. “So, I’m very grateful that we found an audience. I’m very glad that I get to do that.”
All it would take for Kenny Ortega to return to East High, then, would be for his schedule to open up, and for him to be asked, of course.
“If High School Musical 4 worked out with my schedule and Gary and the team request my involvement, I would be very, very open to it,” he said.
Someone get Disney on the phone pronto, and let’s get these conversations started!