File this one under I Can’t Believe This Hasn’t Already Happened: After boffo 1978 box-office thanks in no small part to the chemistry between its two leads John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John and an ill-advised 1982 sequel featuring a very young Michelle Pfeiffer, director Randal Kleiser’s classic musical Grease is finally getting a little back-story love courtesy of an upcoming prequel series entitled Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies from streaming platform Paramount+.
The Hollywood Reporter dropped the news this weekend that the upcoming Paramount+ production Rise of the Pink Ladies will serve as a prequel series to the popular film Grease, following in the footsteps of other iconic movies that have continued their stories on the small screen such as Cobra Kai. The ViacomCBS streaming service is confident enough in the backstory of Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson that they have given the effort a series order to the concept which originally began life in development over at HBO Max.
Taking place four years before the events of the first film, Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies will focus on –aw heck, I’ll let the spin-masters for Paramount+ do the heavy lifting on this particular summary: “Before rock ‘n’ roll ruled, before the T-Birds were the coolest in the school, four fed-up, outcast girls dare to have fun on their own terms, sparking a moral panic that will change Rydell High forever.”
Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies will run a cool ten episodes and the series marks the very first series pickup under the aegis of brand-spankin’ new Paramount+ topper Nicole Clemens. Clemens also oversees Paramount TV Studios, which is steering the course on this prequel.
As with many productions that go through the Hollywood pipeline, the prequel series to Grease has had a tortuous path to finally seeing daylight: Originally going under the moniker of Grease: Rydell High (a better title, in my not-so-humble opinion), the show broke out the party favors early on when given the greenlight to a series order from HBO Max back in the simpler days of late 2019. Management shuffles ultimately jettisoned Grease’s brief flirtation with this specific streaming platform. Beating it on over to Paramount+, the series saw a complete creative overhaul and a title change before finally getting the thumbs up from the Powers That Be for a series order.
No official word yet daddy-o’s and kitty-kat’s on an official drop date for Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies, but you’d better bet your saddle shoes and sideburns that as soon as we have any new info on this eagerly anticipated prequel, we’ll pass it along to you!