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'Grease' prequel will reveal details of Sandy and Danny's 'Summer Nights'

Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in a scene from the original 1978 Grease film.
Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta in a scene from the original 1978 Grease film.
Published Apr. 10, 2019

Forty one years after the release of the original, Grease is coming back to theaters. Sort of.

The Hollywood Reporter reports that Paramount Studios is planning to film a prequel to Grease titled Summer Loving, which will flesh out the first meeting between Sandy and Danny.

The movie will be based on the song Summer Nights from the 1978 film, which explained how the teens had met and fallen in love over the summer.

Olivia Newton-John played Sandy Olsson in the original film alongside John Travolta's Danny Zuko in what was the biggest release of the year, earning a whopping $395 million.

Paramount has not announced a release date or cast for Summer Loving yet, but reports indicate that John August, the screenwriter made famous by films such as Big Fish and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, has been hired to write the script.

Temple Hill, who recently produced movies Love, Simon, the Maze Runner movies and First Man, will be producing along with Picturestart, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The original Grease soundtrack has sold over 38 million copies worldwide. There was a sequel to the film in 1982 starring Michelle Pfeiffer, though it was nowhere near as successful as the original, earning little more than $15 million at the U.S. box office.

So, Grease fans, are you excited? Or should the classic movie be left alone?

Contact Josh Fiallo at jfiallo@tampabay.com. Follow @ByJoshFiallo.


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