It’s time to brush up on your hand-jive skills: Grease is coming back to our TV screens, but it’s going to look a little different. Instead of Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta making us swoon while singing about their “Summer Nights,” a new cast is being brought in to translate the nostalgic film into a weekly musical television series.
The show will be called Grease: Rydell High, named after the school where much of the film was set, and aired on HBO Max, a new streaming service coming from the cable network next year. They haven’t released any casting information or even when exactly we’ll be able to tune in, but a press release has confirmed some of our favorite characters will be part of the re-imagined plot. “It’s still the 1950s, a world that rocks with big musical numbers from the period combined with new original songs as well. It’s the peer pressures of high school, the horrors of puberty, and the rollercoaster of life in middle America with a modern sensibility that will bring it to life for today’s musical lovers.”
Sarah Aubrey, head of content at HBO Max, called the series “Grease 2.0” (not to be confused with Grease 2, the original film’s less-celebrated sequel). “This is high school and life in small-town USA told on the scale of a big rock n’ roll musical,” she added.
This marks the second report on Grease-related projects this year. First, the studio heads at Paramount announced plans for another dip into the world of bobby socks and poodle skirts with a prequel called Summer Loving. This movie will shed more light on how Danny and Sandy met at the beach. That means we’ve got a whole lot of Pink Ladies and T-Birds coming our way soon!
While we wait for news on who’ll be stepping into Sandy’s pleather pants and Danny’s leather jacket, let’s take a look back at clip from the film:
We can't wait to be just as "Hopelessly Devoted" to both of these exciting new projects as we still are with the classic!