Summer Loving, a prequel to hit musical Grease, is now in the works.
That’s right, Paramount Players has given the green light to a film set before the classic 1978 musical starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. THR broke the news, reporting that the screenplay will be coming from John August, whose credits include Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and two upcoming films: Disney’s live-action Aladdin and the Guillermo Del Toro-produced horror film Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark.
The film will be exploring what went down during that summer fling before Danny Zuko (Travolta) and Sandy Olsson (Newton-John) headed back to high school. No other plot details are known as yet. It’s going to be interesting to see how Danny is depicted, since we already know he’s hiding his tough guy image from Sandy.
Here’s the Grease number “Summer Loving,” which had Danny and Sandy sharing different takes on what went down during the summer break:
Grease has long been a hit for Paramount, enjoying various re-releases over the years and an ever-popular soundtrack with hits such as “You’re the One That I Want”, “Hopelessly Devoted to You” and “Greased Lightin'”. Michelle Pfeiffer and Maxwell Caulfield starred in 1982 sequel Grease 2, set two years after the first film and featuring an almost entirely new cast. Apart from being Pfeiffer’s breakout film, the sequel really wasn’t well received.
Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens starred in a “live for TV” version in 2016. That take on the film earned five Emmys.