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2nd season of Disney+ 'High School Musical' series among 4 film projects approved in Utah

By Staff | Posted - Nov. 20, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

SALT LAKE CITY — A documentary about a Utah-based aerospace company, a horror movie directed by a Utahn and a second season of a Disney+ series are among the cinema projects that earned state approval this week.

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development on Tuesday announced four new projects that have been approved. The projects are estimated to generate $25.8 million in economic impact and 280 local jobs, according to a press release from the Utah Film Commission.

Most of that estimated economic impact will come from one project: The second season of Disney’s “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series.” The series will resume filming in Salt Lake City starting in February 2020.

The first season of the show premiered earlier this month on Disney+. Production of the second season is estimated to bring a $24 million into Utah, according to the release.

"(Executive producer Tim Federle) and this talented cast have delivered a first season that is uplifting, funny, touching and relatable across generations,” Ricky Strauss, president of content and marketing for Disney+, said in the release. "We are confident that the world, like us, will want much more of these characters, incredible songs and moments of joy.”

“All Hallows Day Eve,” a horror movie written and directed by Utahn Nick Jensen, was also approved for filming under the state’s Community Film Incentive Program, according to the release. The program supports smaller, local projects.

Filming on the project starts in November in Davis County, and it is estimated that the production will spend $66,000 in Utah.

“For us, this project is the culmination of years of hard work and passion,” Jensen said in the release. “To be able to make this project here, in our home state of Utah, with Utah-grown talent, is a dream come true. I am excited to show off all that this state has to offer.”

The documentary “Rocketboy” was also approved as part of the Community Film Incentive Program, according to the release. The film will document Steve Heller and Riley Meik as they prepare to launch a commercial rocket through the Utah company Sugarhouse Aerospace.

“Rocketboy” will be directed by Allyse Clegg and will film through spring in Salt Lake and Utah counties, the release said. It’s estimated to spend about $47,000 in the state.

The fourth project is a narrative feature called “Wireless,” starring “Ready Player One” actor Tye Sheridan, according to the release. The production will start shooting in December in Salt Lake and Weber counties and will spend about $1.3 million in Utah, the release said.

More information about the projects is available at

Editor's note: The content of this article was taken from a press release sent out by the Utah Film Commission. This is not information gathered by a reporter. Staff

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