A prequel to Grease is reportedly in the works, some 40 years after the iconic movie was first released.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new movie is aptly titled Summer Loving and tells the story of how troublesome greaser Danny Zuko (famously portrayed by John Travolta) first met Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton John).
The title, of course, takes it name from the song ‘Summer Nights’ – which famously told of their first meeting. It’s believed that the movie will offer an in-depth look at this first encounter, which took place before the events of the movie at Rydell High School.
While a release date for the project is yet to be confirmed, it’s been given the go-ahead by Paramount Players who have secured the services of veteran screenwriter John August (Big Fish, Charlie & The Chocolate Factory).
It comes after the cast of Grease reunited to mark the film’s 40th anniversary in 2018 – with the likes of John Travolta, Olivia Newton John and Didi Conn all attending a party in Los Angeles.
Although Grease has remained enduringly popular since its release, a dark fan theory previously claimed that Danny and Sandy were actually dead for the entirety of the film.
According to the theory, there are clues scattered throughout the 1978 film, not least that the flying car is a metaphor for a dying Sandy ascending to Heaven.
The theory states that the plot strands of the film end too happily, with Rizzo not pregnant after all and Kenickie deciding that he does love Rizzo. “Everything is suddenly OK, just the way sweet Sandy would have wanted it to be.”
But Grease creator Jim Jacobs was having none of it, saying that the person responsible for the theory was “on acid”.
“Sandy was very much alive”, Jacobs confirmed. Phew.