Stars Ross Lynch, Maia Mitchell, Grace Phipps, Garrett Clayton and John DeLuca will reprise their characters from last year’s Disney Channel Original Movie Teen Beach Movie for a sequel that Disney has scheduled for a 2015 broadcast premiere. The first pic, about two surfing teen lovebirds who get transported into a 1960s beach flick, is the #2 most viewed movie in cable history in total viewers and popped out a soundtrack that hit #1 on the Billboard soundtrack charts. The sequel will follow the setup teased in the final scenes of Teen Beach Movie as modern day teens Mack and Brady get a real world visit from Lela, Tanner, Butchy, and other surfer and biker pals from the beach party pic within a pic, Wet Side Story. Filming stars in July under director Jeffrey Hornaday, who also helmed and choreographed the first film. Teen Beach Movie 2 is scripted by original TBM scribe Robert Horn (Designing Women, Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure), Dan Berendson (Hannah Montana The Movie, Wizards of Waverly Place), and Matt and Billy Eddy (Zapped) Michelle Manning and David Buelow are exec producing.
Remember last month when Disney Channel’s Teen Beach Movie attracted five times as many viewers as Syfy’s Sharknado! but, sadly, Damon Lindelof did not live-tweet the TBM premiere so the press largely declined to live-hyperventilate as it was premiering?
Well, Nielsen today reported the audience for TBM has swelled by more than 5 million viewers, bringing its Live+7 audience to 13.530 million viewers. That makes it the No. 2 most watched movie in cable TV history, behind only – you know it’s coming – High School Musical 2. HSM2 has an apparently unstoppable Live+7 tally of 18.639 million viewers. To put this in perspective, the most watched non-Disney Channel cable movie ever, TNT’s 2001 Tom Selleck western Crossfire Trail, based on the 1954 Louis L’Amour novel, averaged 12.519 million viewers.