Perhaps it wouldn’t take long for the success of High School Musical to go to the stars’ heads, but there has to be part of us that hoped they’d stay innocent, squeaky clean kids forever. Disney is anxious to start production on the third installment of the smash hit movie, but the stars are looking for Disney to show them the money. The cover story on this week’s Life and Style Magazine tells the story of three stars looking to cash in on the movie.
Zac Efron, Vanessa Hudgens, and Ashley Tisdale are all refusing to start production until their salaries are raised. Efron has reportedly been offered $2.75 million while the others have been offered $1 million to appear in the movie, set for the big screen next year. Rumors are running rampant that Efron will walk from the movie and, if he does, others may follow him. An insider told the magazine, “Zac’s telling the other actors to make sure they get what they deserve.”
However, it is uncertain how much truth there is to the rumors. In an interview with Access Hollywood, Efron was quoted as saying, “A third movie would be a dream come true. Finishing High School Musical with a third movie that would be in theaters is just sort of a tribute to everything we kind of did here.”
Conflicts have also arisen over script approval. Originally, Disney looked to do a Halloween themed movie but soon scrapped that and decided to focus on their senior year at East High and their impending graduation. One thing is sure, writers will have to make sure to choose the right storyline that will continue High School Musical’s seemingly unstoppable success. The first movie grossed over $100 million and the second movie broke ratings records.
Disney is not saying much about the salary dispute but a spokesman has said, “We are still in negotiations with the entire cast, but we don’t comment on the specifics of negotiations.” The movie will surely not be the same without Troy and Gabriella.
– Gina Scarpa. BuddyTV Staff Writer
Source: Life and Style magazine, Access Hollywood, TransWorld News
(Image courtesy of SkyBlog)