You better shape up—on your Grease knowledge—as the students of Rydell High could be heading back to the big screen in a new way.
A prequel to the 1978 movie musical Grease (itself based on the Broadway musical) is in the works. According to The Hollywood Reporter, John August (Tim Burton’s Big Fish and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory) is attached to write the screenplay.
The movie, from Paramount Players, Temple Hill, and Picturestart, is poised to follow leading players Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson (Dumbrowski in the stage show) during their “Summer Nights” fling, as detailed from both perspectives early on. The film would effectively make the saga a trilogy, joining the original John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John movie and 1982’s Grease 2 (starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Maxwell Caulfield).
The title returned to the small screen recently as well, with Fox presenting a live telecast of the Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey Show—incorporating both new material and items from the movie—in 2016.
August is also among the writers of Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of Aladdin, alongside director Guy Ritchie.