More “Greased Lightning” is on its way!
The Hollywood Reporter recently broke the news that a Grease prequel is currently in development.
The film is in development at Paramount Studios, which also distributed the original film. The prequel is set to be titled Summer Loving, referring to a line from the original film’s song “Summer Nights” that describes how lead characters Danny Zuko (John Travolta) and Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John) first met for the summer fling they had before unexpectedly reuniting at Rydell High for their senior year of high school.
Summer Loving is set to focus on the summer fling between Danny and Sandy, which was recounted differently by each of the two characters in the song “Summer Nights” — Danny’s version of their brief relationship is raunchier, while Sandy’s is more innocent and romantic. Deadline confirmed that the movie is set to be written by Aladdin screenwriter John August.
There’s no word yet on whether any actors are attached to the project, though it’s highly unlikely any of the original 1978 film’s cast members will reprise their roles (at least not without the help of some serious CGI de-aging magic).
In the more than 40 years since the original movie musical’s release, Grease has proven to be an enduring and massively popular cult classic. In 2016, Fox aired a live TV version of Grease with Julianne Hough and Aaron Tveit in the two main roles. There was also a sequel — Grease 2, starring Maxwell Caulfield and Michelle Pfeiffer as new characters — which was poorly received by fans and critics when it was released in 1982.
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