Paramount Pictures is looking to add a prequel to the Grease movie franchise, attaching the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory scriptwriter to new project Summer Loving. Classic 1978 musical film Grease is to receive a prequel in Summer Loving, taking its title and inspiration from the original movie. Movie writer John August has been attached to the project, according to The Hollywood Reporter. His previous screenplays and stories include action movies Charlie's Angels (2000) and its direct sequel Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle, as well as the May 2019 reworking of Disney's Aladdin.
He's also collaborated with Tim Burton (and, by extension, Johnny Depp) on a number of occasions, having notched writing credits on Big Fish, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Corpse Bride, Dark Shadows and Frankenweenie.
Summer Loving is the opening line of Grease song Summer Nights, in which lead characters Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson tell their friends about how they first met. Of course, the details and direction of the tale differ according to the storyteller, but the song ends with both wondering whether they will meet again. The film then follows the pair, and their friends, as they deal with various social pressures before deciding if, and how, they can continue their romantic pursuits.
Based on the 1971 musical, Grease generated a best-selling soundtrack album, an Oscar nomination (though for Hopelessly Devoted to You rather than the more upbeat Summer Nights or You're the One That I Want), and a 1982 sequel; just as the first film helped establish John Travolta and Stockard Channing, Grease 2 did the same for relative newcomer Michelle Pfeiffer, despite its otherwise poor reception.Read More