Disney Channel to Begin Production on ‘Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam’ with Demi Lovato and the Jonas Brothers
Disney Channel will begin production later this summer on “Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam,” the sequel to the hit Disney Channel Original Movie “Camp Rock,” with Demi Lovato, Kevin Jonas, Joe Jonas and Nick Jonas reprising their starring roles. Joining the cast are Matthew “Mdot” Finley and Chloe Bridges. Also returning to the sequel’s cast are Meaghan Martin, Alyson Stoner, Anna Maria Perez de Tagle, Roshon Fegan, Daniel Fathers and Maria Canals-Barrera. “Camp Rock 2 The Final Jam” is scheduled to premiere in 2010 on Disney Channel.
“Camp Rock has had tremendous success around the world – on television, on DVD and as a soundtrack” said Gary Marsh, President, Entertainment, Disney Channels Worldwide. “Our goal with this sequel is to raise the stakes and dig deeper into these wonderful characters and their musical journey.”
The movie will be directed by DGA Award-winning director Paul Hoen (Disney Channel’s “Jump In!” and “The Cheetah Girls One World”) and choreographed by Rosero McCoy (“Step Up”). The script was written by Dan Berendsen (Disney’s “Hannah Montana The Movie,” “Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie” and “The Cheetah Girls One World”) and the writing team of Karin Gist (“One Tree Hill,” “Jump In!”) and Regina Hicks (“Girlfriends,” “Jump In!”).
The premiere of “Camp Rock” last summer was cable TV’s #1 entertainment telecast of 2008 in Total Viewers (10.1 million) and TV’s #1 entertainment telecast in Tweens 9-14. Among TV’s live action movies, it was #1 among Kids 6-11 for the year. Since its premiere, “Camp Rock” has reached over 145.7 million unique Total Viewers worldwide in over 160 countries and in 30 languages.
The “Camp Rock” soundtrack (Walt Disney Records) debuted at #3 and spent 10 weeks in the Top 10 on the Billboard 200 Album chart. It debuted at #1 on the Billboard Children’s chart and held the #1 position on that chart for 18 weeks. For 2008, it was the #1 title on the Children’s Music chart, #3 title on the Billboard Soundtrack chart and #19 of all albums on the Billboard Top 200 chart. The soundtrack is Platinum in the U.S., Platinum in eight countries and Gold in 12 countries. Six tracks made it to the Radio Disney Top 30 Countdown, and “Play My Music” and “This is Me” went to #1.
The sequel’s storyline follows Mitchie, Shane, Jason, Nate and their friends as they return to Camp Rock for another great summer of music and fun. However they soon learn that a new state-of-the-art music/performance camp, Camp Star, has opened across the lake and has lured away many of Camp Rock instructors and campers — putting the future of Camp Rock in jeopardy.
And when Camp Star’s hotshot performer, Luke Williams, challenges Camp Rock to a musical showdown to see which camp really has the stronger musical talent, everyone prepares for the ultimate battle of the bands. Meanwhile, in a classic “Romeo and Juliet” twist, Nate falls for the daughter of the owner of the rival camp.
Returning are Demi Lovato as Mitchie Torres; Joe Jonas as Shane Gray; Kevin Jonas as Jason; Nick Jonas as Nate; Meaghan Martin as Tess Tyler; Alyson Stoner as Caitlyn Geller; Anna Maria Perez de Tagle as Ella; Roshon Fegan as Sander; Daniel Fathers as Brown; and Maria Canals-Barrera as Connie Torres.
The movie’s soundtrack will feature a mix of pop, rock, R&B and hip-hop songs written by songwriters Mitch Allan, Adam Anders, Lyrica Anderson, Antonina Armato, Aris Aronchitis, Peer Astrom, Kara DioGuardi, Andy Dodd, Toby Gad, Nikki Hassman, Jamie Houston, Tim James, Jeannie Lurie, Chen Neeman, Kovasciar Nyvette, Steve Rushton, Dapo Torimiro and Adam Watts.
Joining the cast are Matthew “Mdot” Finley as Luke Williams. Mdot is an accomplished R&B musician who has performed as the opening act for Ciara, Yung Joe, Dem Franchise Boyz, Lil’ Romeo and Mos Def, and was named Best R&B Male at the Urban Threshold Music Awards in 2006.
Chloe Bridges joins in the role of Dana Turner, daughter of the rival camp owner. Bridges is a noted classical pianist whose film and television credits include “Forget Me Not,” “The Longshots” and “The Comeback.”
The executive producer is Alan Sacks (“Welcome Back, Kotter,” “The Color of Friendship”). The producer is Kevin Lafferty (“Wizards of Waverly Place The Movie,” “Jump In!”).