HBO Max is gearing up to position itself as one of the biggest streaming services out there with not only syndicated content, but a lot of original content, including a newly announced Grease spin-off!
According to reports, WarnerMedia announced on Tuesday, October 15, that it has ordered a musical TV series spin-off titled Grease: Rydell High, and the show will be “set in and around the world of Rydell High” where Sandy and Danny were reunited after a summer together.
According to a description of a the show, Rydell High “reimagines the global smash hit movie with some characters you already know, and a whole lot more you will soon meet. It’s still the 1950s, a world that rocks with big musical numbers from the period combined with new original songs as well. It’s the peer pressures of high school, the horrors of puberty, and the rollercoaster of life in middle America with a modern sensibility that will bring it to life for today’s musical lovers.”
“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,” Sarah Aubrey, head of original content for HBO Max, said in a statement. “This is high school and life in small-town USA told on the scale of a big rock’n’roll musical. 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!'”
“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. When Bob Greenblatt called about bringing it to television, we knew we would be in the perfect hands because of our great working relationship with HBO Max and Bob’s genuine passion for musicals and Grease in particular,” Nicole Clemens, president of Paramount Television, said in a statement.
The news of the series comes after it was revealed that HBO Max was also creating a Gossip Girl reboot, and would be the new home of Friends after the iconic series leaves Netflix.