'Grease' Prequel 'Summer Loving' Gets the Green Light
Grab your leather jackets and poodle skirts, a Grease prequel is on the way!
Aladdin screenwriter John August has been tapped to write a lead-up to the classic 1978 film for Paramount Pictures, ET has learned.
Aptly titled Summer Loving, the new film will explore their chance meeting and fling at the heart of the song. In the original film, Danny Zuko (John Travolta) and Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John) both describe a summer romance that’s destined to end when her family moves back to Australia.
Throughout the song, Danny describes the tryst in raunchy terms while Sandy recalls a sweet, innocent encounter. However, after they part ways and Danny returns to high school for senior year, he learns that Sandy’s family isn’t leaving after all -- and she’s his classmate.
Although Grease's 1982 sequel was a box office bomb, making only million, the original 1971 musical and its film adaptation have launched numerous remakes and spinoffs, solidifying the legacy of the material.
In 2016, Fox aired a live version of Grease starring Julianne Hough, Aaron Tveit and Vanessa Hudgens. The broadcast was watched by more than 12 million people and went on to win five Emmys.
The upcoming project is being produced by Temple Hill and Erik Feig through his company Picture Start. As of now, there's no confirmed production start date or release date.
Besides Aladdin, which arrives on May 24, August also had a hand in writing Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, which hits theaters Aug. 9.