Paramount is looking to rekindle some Summer Loving, as the studio is set to move forward on a prequel film to the 1978 classic musical Grease.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Aladdin writer John August is set to pen the prequel film. The film will tell the story behind the song "Summer Nights," which is performed early in the film as Danny Zuko (John Travolta) and Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John) tell of their summer romance in very different ways, with Zuko, of course, playing down the romance for his friends and Sandy telling a much more romantic tale.
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August boasts an impressive writing resume, having penned such films as Big Fish, Frankenweenie and Corpse Bride for frequent collaborator Tim Burton, as well as the first two Charlie's Angels films in the early 2000s. Along with Disney's Aladdin, August also has the Guillermo del Toro-produced adaption of Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark set to hit theaters later this year.
Temple Hill -- the company behind such films as Love, Simon, the Maze Runner movies and First Man -- will produce the prequel, along with Picturestart, which is run by former Lionsgate executive Erik Feig. At the time of writing, no director is attached to the project, which appears to still be in the early stages.
Ever since its release in 1978, Grease has continued to be a pop culture phenomenon. Following the first film, a sequel was released in 1982 starring Michelle Pfeiffer. The film also scored a live television adaption by Fox, titled Grease Live!, in 2016 that starred Julianne Hough as Sandy and Aaron Tveit as Danny. The movie is based on the 1971 musical of the same name by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey; like the film, the musical continues to thrive, having become a Broadway musical. It is continually adapted by schools throughout the nation.