Grease fans, we’ve got great news. 42 years after the release of the hit musical movie, it has been confirmed that a prequel is in the works.
Last year, it was announced that Paramount Pictures was developing a new film about Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson, this time, focusing on how the unlikely young couple met (in other words, the prequel will be the fleshed out, film version of the classic flick’s iconic song, ‘Summer Nights’).
Now more details have been shared in a report from Deadline, including the fact that Brett Haley, the man behind I’ll See You in My Dreams, Hearts Beat Loud and All The Right Places, has been brought on board to direct.
Titled Summer Lovin (yes, without the G), the upcoming screenplay will be written by John August of Big Fish and Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark fame, who also co-wrote the live-action adaptation of Disney’s Aladdin and Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. So you see, our expectations are very high for the Grease prequel.
Much to our disappointment, no details regarding casting have been revealed as of yet – but we are also super excited to see who will be filling the very big shoes of John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, who played the high school lovers, as well as other iconic characters like Frenchie, Rizzo and Kenickie.
As reported by the BBC, the soundtrack to Grease – originally a 1971 musical which was released as a movie in 1978 – remains one of the biggest-selling albums of all time. So you can only imagine how many of us will be eagerly awaiting the release of Summer Lovin. Although some do feel that Paramount should have based the Grease prequel on the widely popular fan theory that the whole film was a figment of imagination from a dying Sandy.
Perhaps we can get both?