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– by Mark Cook

Grease is a film that most individuals know of, and not all will admit it, but a majority have probably seen it and sang along at some point.  The 1978 classic starring John Travolta as Danny Zuko and Olivia Newton-John as Sandy Olsson will be getting a spinoff series set to come out on HBO Max, which will be titled: Grease: Rydell High.

Variety reported:

“The new series will be set in and around the world of Rydell High, the school which Danny and Sandy attended in the original movie. According to HBO Max, ‘Grease: Rydell High’ reimagines the movie with some familiar character, as well as a host of new ones. It will still take place in the 1950s, in a world that rocks with big musical numbers from the period combined with new original songs as well.”

“The show will feature a bevy of new songs and perhaps a couple from the movie, however, it seems unlikely that it will feature some of the iconic songs from the original musical. The estate representing Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, who composed the songs and lyrics for the 1971 musical, is withholding the rights to use tunes such as ‘Grease Lightning’ and ‘Summer Nights,’ according to a source with knowledge of the situation.”

So it seems that not only will it take place in the same setting as the original, but it is in the same era as well.  Will it be a hit, or will it feel more like Grease 2 (which still has a strong cult following though)?

But that’s not all the news.  They also mentioned the Grease prequel that has previously been reported, but did not provide many new details:

“The series hails from Paramount Television, Picture start and Temple Hill. The latter duo, plus Paramount Pictures, are also currently in development on a ‘Grease’ prequel movie with the title ‘Summer Lovin.'”

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Might as well take advantage of the situation while it’s hot. With the success of series such as High School Musical and Glee, this could be a smart move combining it with the nostalgia and acclaim of Grease.  Only time will tell if it was a good move or not.

What do you think? Will the spinoff and prequel be a hit?  Would you check either of them out?  Leave your thoughts in the usual spot, and thanks for reading!

 

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Source: Variety