So, this is happening: Hollywood has found the next iconic pop-culture property to give a prequel to: Grease.
Summer Loving, the prequel to the 1978 hit musical directed by Randal Kleiser, is coming from Paramount and Big Fish screenwriter John August. The Hollywood Reporter announced the project Tuesday. And, yes, it is apparently a prequel, based on the song “Summer Nights” about the first meeting between Danny Zuko (John Travolta) and Sandy (Olivia Newton-John). Spoiler alert: The movie will likely feature Danny running by Sandy and getting her bathing suit damp and/or Danny showing off, splashin’ around.
Guess it was only a matter of time before we got Danny and Sandy Begins, seeing as how Grease has amassed and grown its fan base over the last four decades. T-Birds and Pink Ladies have remained fiercely loyal to the property through a creatively disappointing (but catchy as hell) sequel, Grease 2, various anniversary re-releases in theaters and on home entertainment, and a hit 2016 live TV musical starring Vanessa Hudgens that won five Emmys.
August’s next big screen credit is Disney’s Aladdin, the live-action remake of their ’90s animated hit, in theaters this May.
While we usually don’t like to doubt movies before they get made, the idea of a Grease prequel based on the events of a three-minute song feels somewhat unnecessary. Was anyone, Grease fan or not, dying to know why or how Danny and Sandy spent their summer? Or what they were doing that warranted them to stay out – clutch the pearls – until 10 o’clock PM?! On the other hand, having such little source material to work with means Summer Loving could be updated in a big way to remove the more cringe-worthy aspects of the original while making something wholly unique and fun. Tell me more…
No director, cast, or release date have been announced for Summer Loving yet, but we will keep you posted. (And sorry if we got that darn song stuck in your heads!)