High School Musical: The Musical: The Series showrunner Tim Federle has hinted that season 2 will "veer away" from the Disney movies.
In conversation with Digital Spy recently, Tim was quizzed on whether the TV show will continue to recycle similar themes from the beloved movie franchise, and the resulting answers mean fans should prepare for a bit of a different vibe in the future.
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"I think it's a good example of how too much of a good thing is too much," he admitted.
"So for me, I wanted season 1 to feel super self-referential, and winky, and to capture some of the tone of, like, Summer Heights High, my favourite TV show of all time."
Waxing lyrical about Olivia Rodrigo [who plays Nini] and Sofia Wylie's [Gina Porter] natural flair for dancing, the showrunner said this allows the show to possibly "veer away from some of the original franchise, and start, I think, kind of flexing our own muscles."
Further detailing season 2's ambitions, Tim added: "Because we're still the High School Musical school, it's hard for me to imagine season 2 not including some wink or even a musical element to the original franchise.
"And I also, you know… we're starting to circle in on what the title of this next musical is going to be, and I think that audiences are going to get excited, and wonder, 'How are they going to pull that off because it's such a departure?'"
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