The movie will explore the brief summer fling that the lead characters have before the OG film began.
Paramount Players, the film studio division of Paramount Pictures, is in the process of creating a prequel for the cult-favorite movie, Grease. The film is finally moving ahead following the announcement that Brett Haley has been attached to direct. Titled Summer Loving, the studio has roped in John August, the prolific writer behind big hits as Big Fish and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, to pen the script. As per Hollywood Reporter, Temple Hill Productions, the banner whose most recent releases include 2018 movies such as Love, Simon, the Maze Runner movies and First Man, is co-producing it along with Picturestart, the company run by Lionsgate executive-turned-producer Erik Feig.
Starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John as high school teens, the movie explores the romance of two people who come from opposite worlds - Travolta is a rough-and-tumble greaser while Newton-John is a demure girl from Australia. The movie focuses on how these two opposites navigate their love around different high-school cliques with the movie ending in the two embracing each other's characteristics - Travolta's Danny wearing a letterman's sweater and Newton-John's Sandy in a new, wilder hairstyle, a revealing black outfit, and leather jacket.
Since its success back in 1978, Grease has remained a cult favorite. Known for its iconic soundtracks such as Hopelessly Devoted to You, Summer Nights and You’re the One That I Want, the musical has made almost $400 million at the international box office, to this day. It made a whopping $188 million in the US alone, making it the highest-grossing musical of all time.
Grease begins with the two talking about a brief liaison they had with each other over the summer which isn't shown. Danny and Sandy both recount the story to their friends in the song Summer Nights. The prequel will talk about this summer romance.
Paramount Pictures had also released Grease 2 back in 1982, starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Maxwell Caulfield. The film was poorly received and is only best known for being Pfeiffer's breakout role. In 2016, Fox made a production of Grease: Live starring Julianne Hough, Vanessa Hudgens and Aaron Tveit, which proved to be a hit, winning five Emmys in the process.
Social media, however, has given mixed reactions to the news. Most are extremely skeptical about why a prequel is even needed, given that the song pretty much gave a gist of the summer fling.
"Summer Lovin'" literally told you everything you need to know. They met on the beach on summer vacation, they hooked up, they went home. https://t.co/fmihhayzUF— Jennie (@angrybooklady) April 9, 2019
If I'm going by the lyrics to Summer Lovin, a Grease prequel is basically just a porno.— Jeff Widman (@jeffwiddy) April 9, 2019