A new spin of the classic film ”Grease” is in the works by HBO Max. The upcoming streaming service has given a series order to ”Grease: Rydell High,” a musical series inspired by the 1978 film.
HBO Max’s description states: “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.”
According to Deadline, the spin-off will be set in and around the world of Rydell High, reimagining the global smash hit movie with familiar faces and new characters.
“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 the head of original content at HBO Max Sarah Aubrey. “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.”
Nicole Clemens, President of Paramount Television, said, “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.”
Executive producers will be Picturestart and Temple Hill, while Paramount Television and Picturestart will produce the series. No individual producers or writers have been announced as of yet.