“Grease” looks to be the next iconic film to get the prequel treatment.
Paramount Players, a division of Paramount, is working on a prequel film titled “Summer Loving” — per The Hollywood Reporter.
Veteran writer John August has been selected to write the “Grease” prequel. August has had a major hand in crafting films like “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and “Big Fish”.
“Summer Loving” is a direct throwback to the he-said-she-said song “Summer Nights”, where Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson reflect on their fateful first meeting.
The original “Grease” movie starred John Travolta as Danny and Olivia Newton-John as Sandy. The film generated an incredible $395 million in 1978 against a $6 million budget. It spawned a 1982 sequel and a 2010 singalong theatre release. The film’s soundtrack was the second bestselling album of 1978 in the U.S. and “Hopelessly Devoted to You” earned an Oscar nomination.
There is no word on the production start date or film release date for “Summer Loving”.