It was only a matter of time before Grease got another revival. This time, it’s not a remake of the Broadway musical, it’s a prequel series. Via The Hollywood Reporter, we now know this series will focus on the origin story of the original film’s “girl gang,” the Pink Ladies. In fact, Paramount changed the name of the series from Grease: Rydell High to Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies. The series will now focus on focus on “how Sandy, Rizzo, Jan, Marty, and Frenchy came together and how the reverence, fear and moral panic they sparked changed Rydell forever.”
Ok, that description does sound kind of cool. Although if Sandy is present, how can this be a prequel? It sounds more like it’s taking place during the senior year we saw in the original play and movie. This isn’t the only Grease project in the works either. Work continues on a big screen prequel called Summer Lovin,’ focusing on the romance of Danny and Sandy before the events of the original movie. So that means that between this series and the movie, we are actually getting a Grease Cinematic Universe.
HBO Max originally ordered this straight-to-series. However, it is now going to stream on the upcoming Paramount+ service instead, which is actually a rebranding of CBS All Access. The move makes sense, as Paramount is the license holder to the Grease IP. No doubt they wish to keep one of their most well known and beloved properties in-house.
No word on casting yet, although those are some pretty iconic pink jackets to fill. Hopefully they get some age appropriate actors this time. Almost the entire cast of the original Grease was pushing 30 at the time of filming. Stockard Channing who played Rizzo (to perfection) was actually 33 years old when she played 17 in the original! Maybe we can get some actual teenagers to play the high school students this time, and not folks almost old enough to be their parents.
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