American version vs. Chinese version
Disney, SMG (Shanghai media group), and H. Brothers have put together a Chinese version of the popular television film High School Musical 1. The collaboration stemmed from the observation that consumer taste exhibited a paradigm shift towards the more “uplifting” and comical films since the mega success of 2006’s Crazy Stone. This film is a teaser for assessing viewer’s response to the less conventional movie forms such as musicals and will determine the possibility of a spin-off franchise.
The remake stayed true to the original — as can be seen from the preview (watched here) and film stills below — with minor revisions aimed to “inspire” and “encourage” young adults.
The tentative release date is set in July of 2010.