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Grease prequel Summer Loving in development


Story by Jack Foley

A PREQUEL to hit musical Grease is reportedly in development, entitled Summer Loving.

John August, the veteran writer behind such films as Big Fish and Charlie & The Chocolate Factory, has been hired to pen the script by Paramount, with Temple Hill, the prolific banner behind Love, Simon, the Maze Runner movies and First Man, among the producers.

Grease is the classic 1978 musical starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John as Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson, two high school teens from opposite worlds. The former is a rough and tumble greaser, the latter a virginal good-girl from Australia, who end up falling for each other.

In the early part of the movie, in a he said/she manner, Zuko and Olsson both recount to their friends a summer fling they previously had via the song Summer Nights. The prequel’s story is said to be based on that fateful meeting.

Grease is one of Paramount’s most enduring properties, with the songs continuing to be part of pop culture. The film itself has been re-issued in anniversary editions every few years, while a recent ‘live for TV’ version was produced by Fox TV in 2016 with Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens. The show proved to be another hit, winning five Emmys in the process.

In film form, a sequel starring Michelle Pfeiffer (Grease 2) is regarded as one of the worst sequels of all-time and a box office flop.

August, who is a regular collaborator of Tim Burton’s, has two movies coming out this year.

He shares writing credits on Disney’s live-action version of Aladdin and he worked on Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, the Guillermo del Toro-produced adaptation of the children’s horror stories.