Good news, everyone! That Grease prequel you’ve been dreaming about all these years – right? – is coming to a theater near you soon, according to THR.
Paramount’s Summer Loving will explore the events detailed in “Summer Nights,” the relentless earworm Danny (John Travolta) and Sandy (Olivia Newton-John) sang to their respective friends in Randal Kleiser’s 1978 hit, Grease. The retrospectively problematic one about how they first met and fell for each other, and whether Sandy put up a fight. Honestly, just typing these words has created a full Naked Lunch moment for your writer.
How do we know Summer Loving will be a key project for Paramount in the next couple of years? Well, the studio has hired John August to write the film. August is behind Guy Ritchie’s new live-action Aladdin film, has written copious screenplays for Tim Burton – including Big Fish, Corpse Bride, and Charlie And The Chocolate Factory – and is also one of Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark‘s scribblers. If you have fond memories of McG’s early-00s Charlie’s Angels movies, chances are he wrote those, too.
No one is attached to direct Summer Loving yet, but if it’s a musical, Paramount will likely be hoping for even a tiny taste of that The Greatest Showman success when it’s finally released. The studio is in the midst of re-thinking its strategy at the moment, and has Terminator: Dark Fate, Sonic The Hedgehog, and Rocketman still to come this year. 2020 will bring us sequels to Top Gun and A Quiet Place, and the not-too-distant future is filled with the further adventures of Ethan Hunt in the Mission: Impossible franchise.
You may now begin your dream/nightmare casting of young Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson. Resistance is futile.
We’ll bring you more on Summer Loving as it’s unveiled.