HBO Max is over-stuffing the streaming service’s schedule, and we couldn’t be happier about it. The latest addition to the platform is a “Grease: Rydell High” musical spinoff series, inspired by the 1978 Golden Globe nominated film “Grease,” and set in and around the world of Rydell High.
The network explained that the show “reimagines the global smash hit movie with some characters you already know, and a whole lot more you will soon meet. It’s still the 1950s, a world that rocks with big musical numbers from the period combined with new original songs as well. It’s the peer pressures of high school, the horrors of puberty, and the rollercoaster of life in middle America with a modern sensibility that will bring it to life for today’s musical lovers.”
“Grease is an iconic pop-culture phenomenon that works for every generation, and I’m thrilled that our friends at Paramount were excited about the idea of opening up the show and putting it on a larger canvas for a weekly series,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max. “This is high school and life in small-town USA told on the scale of a big rock’n’roll musical. It’s Grease 2.0 but with the same spirit, energy, and excitement you immediately think of when you hear any of these iconic songs. You’re the One That I Want!”
Nicole Clemens, President of Paramount Television added, “Grease is one of the most beloved Paramount titles and it’s a thrill to be re-imagining it for today’s audience with our good friends at Temple Hill and Picturestart. When Bob Greenblatt called about bringing it to television, we knew we would be in the perfect hands because of our great working relationship with HBO Max and Bob’s genuine passion for musicals and Grease in particular.”
Picturestart and Temple Hill will serve as executive producers and Paramount Television and Picturestart will produce the series. Additionally, Temple Hill, Picturestart and Paramount Pictures are in development on a feature film prequel to Grease, entitled Summer Lovin’.
Other projects in the works at HBO Max include Haley Lu Richardson and Barbie Ferreira in “UNpregnant,” a “Gossip Girl” reboot, the new “Doctor Who” series’ streaming rights, “The Flight Attendant,” “Love Life,” “Station Eleven,” “Made for Love,” “Dune: The Sisterhood,”several shows from Ellen DeGeneres, and an animated “Gremlins” show.
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