‘Teen Beach Movie’ Is a Real Thing, and Now It’s Getting a Sequel

By April 28, 2014

If you’ve either a) ignored the existence of a Disney Channel film titled Teen Beach Movie or b) been completely unaware that such a film exists, perhaps now is the time to change that. Well, maybe.

The Disney Channel has churned out plenty of big-time stars over the years – think Zac Efron, Shia LaBeouf, Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, and Ryan Gosling – so while it may seem cool and hip to ignore the kid-centric channel, it’s also a good place to figure out who the next big star might be (and, also, “what the kids are into,” which can often set the pace for more mainstream culture). So what are the kids into? Apparently, they’re really into sixties beach party films. No, really.

Teen Beach Movie is (sort of) what it sounds like – a movie about teens on the beach! But it takes some big cues from West Side Story and the kind of features that Annette Funicello (also a Disney kid!) and Frankie Avalon might have starred in back in their respective heydays. The film, which hit the small screen last year and instantly became a monster hit, focused on a pair of teen surfers (Ross Lynch and Maia Mitchell), who find themselves not only sent back in time through a weirdo wave, but also sent back in time to a movie.

Teen Beach Movie

The movie is, adorably enough, called Wet Side Story, and it’s just what you’d imagine from such a film: it’s West Side Story at the beach. In this version, it’s surfers versus bikers, a formula that gets shaken up with the addition of the modern day teens (hint: the cool new kids mess up some budding romances, thus altering the course of the picture). So kids these days are into both classic beach movies and culturally meta outings? Wow.

Apparently, it’s not too late to get into this Teen Beach Movie thing, because THR now reports that the Disney Channel is setting up a sequel, one that will reverse the formula and send the past people (who are also just characters? this is getting weird) into the future. Cue the hijinks!

The film will reunite original stars Lynch, Mitchell, Grace Phipps, Garrett Clayton, and John DeLuca. The film will reportedly start production soon, in order to hit a planned July 2015 air date.

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Kate Erbland
Kate Erbland is a staff writer for movie news and reviews at GeekNation. Her work can also be found at Film School Rejects, ScreenCrush, Vanity Fair, The Dissolve, Cosmopolitan, Bustle, amNewYork, New York Daily News, Dame Magazine, Mental Floss, Film.com, MSN Movies, and Boxoffice Magazine. She lives in New York City with two cats, two turtles, one boyfriend, and a frightening number of sensible canvas totes.