High School Musical 3

Ever since the Disney Channel Original Movie High School Musical broke cable rating records a few years back, the movie industry has not been able to ignore the rabid following of the tween crowd. After an equally successful made-for-TV sequel last August, the folks at Disney figured it was time to bring the HSM team to the silver screen.

You’ve most likely seen the standees of the High School Musical 3 cast at your local cineplex. Now, you can see the trailer from the film, courtesy of Disney. And here it is for all you Troy Bolton fans…

If you’ve seen the first two films, it looks like there’s a similar story here, following their high school graduation. There’s a promised ten new songs, and apparently plenty of shots of a sweaty Troy Bolton on the b-ball court. We also get a look at Ashley Tisdale’s new nose and the Wildcats’ alma mater with feature film production design.

This may not grab the attention of all you Dark Knight fans, but if you’re looking for a diversion (or if you’re just really dying to see what happens next in the saga of Troy and Gabriella), this is relatively big news. It’s also significant from a movie news standpoint because this film is going to be a first.

It’s not uncommon to make movies based on television shows. Some are classic shows re-imagined on the big screen (e.g., “The Brady Bunch” or “Mission: Impossible”). Others have been recently canceled series (e.g., “Sex and the City” and “The X-Files”). Still, others tie into shows that are currently on the viewing schedule (e.g., “The Simpsons” and “24”).

But High School Musical 3 is the first sequel of a made-for-cable film to go to the big screen. And judging from the popularity of the first two films on the Disney Channel, as well as the unprecedented success of the Hannah Montana film earlier this year, HSM3 will probably be one of the biggest hits of October.

High School Musical 3 hits theaters on October 24, 2008.

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