Summer Loving: Grease Prequel In Development with John August

Joann Johnston
April 10, 2019

August has two more high-profile projects just over the horizon; he co-wrote the script along with Guy Ritchie for Disney's upcoming live-action Aladdin movie and is one of five credited writers on the Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark film.

Paramount's Players division has thrown the concept, birthed from the dueling stories of summer romance told by John Travolta's Danny Zuko and Olivia Newton-John's Sandy Olssen in the song "Summer Nights", into development. Set in 1958, the film, a silver-screen take on Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey's 1971 musical of the same name, starred John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John as teenage students Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson, respectively.

I appear to be one of the only people on Team /Film who doesn't mind the original Grease, but news about a prequel is tough to swallow even for someone like me who considers himself a loose fan of the first film.

I mean...isn't that all we need to know?

How did Danny and Sandy meet? From the outside looking in, this prequel seems completely unnecessary.

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"The only prequel I want is one of Rizzo!" said another.

The prequel's story will supposedly tackle that fateful meeting.

A 1982 sequel movie starring Michelle Pfeiffer failed to deliver however, earning little more than $15 million at the U.S. box office.

The soundtrack to the original Grease film was also a roaring success with over 38 million copies sold worldwide.

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