A Grease Spin-off is Hitting HBO’s New Streaming Service

Published on October 17, 2019

Another remake of “Grease” is coming to a TV near you in 2020. The cult film, starring Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, is obviously still a beloved classic, as it is constantly inspiring new generations. Over the past 40 years, it’s made several reappearances within the media in the form of a sing-along movie, live musical and in this case, a TV series.

So What Is It About?

“Grease: Rydell High” will be a spin-off of the 1978 musical set at Rydell High in the 1950s. The timeframe and setting of the classic film will stay the same. However, this series will have many new characters and songs that are different from the original film, according to Variety. It’s too soon to say if there will be many original songs, but fingers crossed there are some classics spread throughout the show.

WarnerMedia Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt announced the upcoming“Grease” reboot at the Mipcom conference in Cannes . He briefly spoke about what the series would entail and only gave a few details. At one point he likened the show to ‘High School Musical’ saying, it would be quite the experience, similar to “a big fun rock and roll musical.”

The Legacy that is “Grease”

“‘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,” Paramount Television president Nicole Clemens said.

The iconic Paramount film has grossed over $180 million domestically and over $200 million internationally, according to Box Office Mojo. The movie’s fanbase continues to grow even decades later. It’s rare to meet someone who hasn’t seen the film or heard the soundtrack. It has left such a mark on pop-culture that a prequel titled “Summer Lovin” was announced back in March. Picturestart and Temple Hill are also in development with this prequel film.

The New Streaming Platform: HBO Max

The new “Grease” series will be offered to those who subscribe to the new streaming service called HBO Max. It is just another streaming platform to add to the already growing list. According to Digital Trends, HBO Max will offer 10,000 hours of content when it launches in spring 2020. This includes “Friends,” “The Big Bang Theory,” “Pretty Little Liars” and many more. It will also be the only streaming service for The CW network’s new dramas, such as the “Riverdale” spin-off, “Katy Keene,” and the new “Gossip Girl” spinoff.

“Grease: Rydell High” will be a part of HBO Max’s original content that they’re creating, but there isn’t a lot of information available about the show besides the basic premise. As of now, there is not a set premiere date or episode count, according to the Hollywood Reporter. They are also still in the process of finding a writer for the show.

“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. You’re the One That I Want!,” Sarah Aubrey, head of content HBO Max said.

Ashli Ellerman is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. A graduate of University of Missouri's Columbia School of Journalism, she's a former editor at Vox. She covers music brands and breaking consumer news at Grit Daily.

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