Going together like "rama lama lama ka dinga da dinga dong", the long-mooted Grease prequel series has found a new home on Paramount+, and it's got a shiny new title. Previously set up on HBO Max as Grease: Rydell High, the project has fully returned to its rightful home in Paramount as they released the original movie back in 1978.
Created by Annabel Oakes (Atypical), the series is now titled Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies, and will be set four years before the events of the beloved classic that starred John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John. The ten-episode series will chart the journey of "four fed-up, outcast girls who dare to have fun on their own terms, sparking a moral panic that will change Rydell High forever".
While the show will focus on a quartet of high schoolers who go on to form the Pink Ladies, don't expect the roles of Rizzo, Frenchy, Marty, and Jan to be recast as the series will follow four brand new characters who blazed the trail for the next generation. Naturally, we should expect heartbreaks, milkshakes (it's 1954 after all), and plenty of original songs when the show arrives on Paramount+ sometime next year. Hopefully, this will be better than the previous attempt to turn one hit movie into a franchise. Grease 2 famously tanked at the box office grossing just $15 million worldwide and nearly stalled Michelle Pfeiffer's career in what was her first starring role.
Paramount might have been late to the streaming party, but now that it has launched, they seem to be leaning heavily into TV shows based on films in their extensive back catalogue. Love Story, Flashdance, and The Italian Job all have TV show reboots on the way, and there are at least six Star Trek shows in various stages of development.