High School Musical’s Kenny Ortega Forms Multi-Year Deal with Netflix

Netflix has formed a multi-year, overall deal with producer, director, and choreographer Kenny Ortega. Known for the “High School Musical” franchise, Ortega has directed and choreographed international hits including the “Descendants” trilogy, “Newsies”, and “Hocus Pocus”, and choreographed classic films including “Dirty Dancing”, “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”, and “Pretty in Pink”, among others. Two projects have also been announced: “Auntie Claus” (working title) and “Julie and the Phantoms”.

Auntie Claus (Working Title)
This film is a musical based on the popular book series of the same name by Elise Primavera involving a young girl determined to get to the bottom of why her eccentric, Christmas-loving Aunt disappears every Christmas. It will be adapted by Tiffany Paulsen (“Holidate”, “Nancy Drew”).

Julie and the Phantoms
An musical comedy series in development based on an International Emmy Award-nominated Brazillian television series. Julie is a teenaged girl who finds her passion for music and life with the help of a high -concept band of three teen boys (The Phantoms) who have been dead for 25 years. Julie, in turn, helps them become the band they were never able to be. Dan Cross and David Hoge (“The Thundermans”, “Pair of Kings”) will serve as showrunners and executive producers on the series, with George Salinas and Jaime Aymerich of Crossover Entertainment, as well as Hugo Janeba and Joao Tikhmiroff of Mixer Entertainment. Jason La Padura and Natalie Hart (“High School Musical” and “Descendants” trilogies) are now casting the titular roles.

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