- Paramount is developing the prequel 'Summer Loving' based on the 1978 musical classic 'Grease' helmed by director Brett Haley.
Paramount has tapped Sundance Film Festival regular Brett Haley to helm Grease prequel, Summer Loving. Haley is best known for his work directing the Netflix’s original drama and adaptation of All the Bright Places starring Elle Fanning and Justice Smith, as well as music filled comedy-drama Hearts Beat Loud and Sam Elliott led The Hero.
Summer Loving will revolve around the events recounted on the 1978 musical classic “Summer Nights,” where high school teens Danny and Sandy narrate how both met and their brief summer fling.
The musical classic Grease starred John Travolta as the rough-and-tumble greaser Danny Zuko, alongside Olivia Newton-John’s Aussie good-girl Sandy Olsson. An Emmy Award-winning live televised remake of the film Grease: Live was aired on Fox starring Julianne Hough as Sandy, Aaron Tveit as Danny Zuko, and Vanessa Hudgens as Betty Rizzo. Most recently, Annabel Oakes (Atypical, Transparent) has been tapped to write a pilot episode and serve as executive producer for HBO Max’s musical series spinoff Grease: Rydell High featuring new songs and new characters in Rydell High.
Temple Hill and Picturestart will produce the film written by Leah McKendrick. Haley and Temple Hill recently completed a Netflix original drama Sorta Like a Rock Star starring Auli’i Cravalho.
Haley is repped by WME, Grandview and McKuin Frankel Whitehead.
Deadline reported the exclusive.