A prequel series to 1978 musical classic Grease is officially on the way.
A 10-episode order has been given to Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies, set up at Paramount Television Studios and heading to be an original series on streaming service Paramount+. The project was originally being put together as a straight-to-series order at HBO Max, before it was put in turnaround.
Deadline broke the news, reporting that the series will be set four years before the events in the John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John musical, following how the girl gang Pink Ladies came to be. “Before rock ‘n’ roll ruled, before the T-Birds were the coolest in the school, four fed-up, outcast girls dare to have fun on their own terms, sparking a moral panic that will change Rydell High forever.”
The series will reportedly be featuring new characters. The characters making up the Pink Ladies from 78’s Grease were Rizzo (played by Stockard Channing), Frenchie (Didi Conn), Marty (Dinah Manoff) and Jan (Jamie Donnelly). In the ill-received 1982 sequel, Grease 2, Michelle Pfeiffer starred as Pink Ladies leader Stephanie Zinone.
Behind Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies is Annabel Oakes, whose credits include co-producing Netflix Atypical and writing comedy series Sirens. Oakes will be on board as showrunner, writer and executive producer, with Marty Bowen and Erik Fied on the exec producing team.
As it ramps up its push in an ultra-competitive streaming market, Paramount+ is looking to capitalise on well-known IP, working on offshoots for films such as 1983’s Flashdance and 1969’s The Italian Job.