The film was produced by Kristi Kaylor and Lisa McGuire of The Loft Entertainment in association with Family Theater Productions and Beverly Hills Teddy Bear Company and directed by Ilyssa Goodman. The idea a cross between High School Musical and Mean Girls was conceptualized by Kaylor as a dance musical hybrid comedy/drama and is starred by the influencers Lauren Orlando, Emily Skinner and Hayden Summeral.
Next Level will open in theater on September 6, 2019. The soundtrack will be available via download on Apple Music and iTunes prior to the release of the film.
'I was able to put together a dream cast married with a great story, fun music, and standout performances that resulted in an engaging family film that all ages will enjoy. I love to create innovative content that matches talent with brands in unexpected ways. Next Level organically incorporates brands in a way that helps to authentically serve the story. "I'm thrilled to be partnering with MarVista who understands this space and adds tremendous value to the film and the overall brand', said Kristi Kaylor.
'MarVista has always embraced young adult content. With the proliferation of distribution outlets, we have seen an increased demand in this space and have thus increased our production and distribution pipeline', finished company CEO, Fernando Szew.
The film's story is set at the Next Level Academy where girls compete for the coveted title of Miss Next. The reigning champion (Skinner) finds her title threatened when a talented newcomer (Orlando) arrives as her new roommate and biggest competitor. Worried that she could lose, she tries to ostracize her socially and sabotages her performances.