Are you in the mood for some greased lightnin’? Well, get ready because a prequel to the 1978 movie musical Grease is in the works, whether you like it or not.
The prequel is rumored to be about the summer Danny and Sandy met, taking its inspiration from the musical’s iconic song “Summer Nights.”
According to The Hollywood Reporter:
The studio’s division Paramount Players has put into development a Grease prequel, titled Summer Loving, and has tapped John August, the veteran writer behind such films as Big Fish and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, to pen the script. Temple Hill, the prolific banner whose recent output ranges from Love, Simon, the Maze Runner movies and First Man, is producing along with Picturestart, the company run by Lionsgate executive-turned-producer Erik Feig.
While it hasn’t been reported if the film will be a musical, we can’t imagine it not including at least a few jukebox-inspired disco bops.
Despite its polarity, Grease has been a major cash cow for Paramount over the decades, raking in almost $400 million when it was first released (that’s over $1.5 billion by today’s standards) and inspiring a sequel starring Michelle Pfeiffer a few years later, which has gone on to achieve cult status.
The film and its accompanying soundtrack (which has sold over 14 million copies in the U.S. alone, plus millions more internationally) have also been reissued in several anniversary editions.
Folks on Twitter have some strong opinions about the idea of a prequel…
My reaction to the fact a Grease prequel is coming… pic.twitter.com/413e5vdw6d
— Larry Beaver (@Beaverla) April 9, 2019
— Jamie Jirak (@JamieCinematics) 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
— ? rap nerd (@ekohmusic) April 9, 2019
We don't need a Grease prequel called 'Summer Loving' because the Grease song 'Summer Loving' explained everything that happened. They had a blast. Thank you for coming to my TED talk. https://t.co/4shz0BLC5V
— Stacey (@stacey_liezl) April 10, 2019
"There's a "Grease" prequel in the works."
*me ?? pic.twitter.com/7lPaQ9c3gA
— ???? ?? (@pinklionheart) April 9, 2019
— Kevin Brackett (@KevinRBrackett) April 9, 2019
The only thing that would be fun with a Grease prequel is the original cast making cameos, and no I don’t mean just Olivia and Travolta, I mean the actors of the Pink Ladies and Tbirds too pic.twitter.com/t0mfFMjxN5
— Hey there demons, it’s me, ya girl (@itsfille) April 10, 2019
I am glad they are making a Grease prequel because I always wanted to know how they got so greasy
— edatlin (@edatlin) April 9, 2019
— The A.V. Club (@TheAVClub) April 9, 2019
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