Let the spin-offs just keep coming. A spin-off series based on the 1978 musical classic “Grease” is coming to Warner Bros.’ streaming platform, HBO Max.
On Tuesday, the team behind the series announced the exciting news. “Grease: Rydell High” will be set in the fictional high school from the original film. Familiar characters will be reimagined with new ones set to be introduced. In line with the 1978 film, the show will feature new music and musical numbers.
The official synopsis has been released by the upcoming HBO Max. According to it the show will explore “the peer pressures of high school, the horrors of puberty and the rollercoaster of life in middle America with a modern sensibility.”
HBO Max’s head of original content Sarah Aubrey has addressed the news in a statement via The Wrap saying:
“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.”
1978’s Grease launched John Travolta (Danny Zuko) and Olivia Newton-John (Sandy Olsson) into fame. While the film has been considered a cinematic classic, it is actually based on the 1971 stage musical of the same title. It was a box office success that raked in USD400 million in its theatrical debut.
The iconic film has inspired various remakes and adaptations. A sequel was released in 1982 starring Michelle Pfeiffer and Maxwell Caulfield. A live version was also aired on Fox back in 2013 starring Vanessa Hudgens and Julianne Hough.
Ben is is a senior journalist and sport columnist for Best in Australia. He previously worked for the BC and other radio stations.