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HBO announces remake of Grease for new TV series

Evoke.ie logo Evoke.ie 16/10/2019 Claire Concannon
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Wella, wella, wella, HUH! The American network who brought us hit shows such as Game of Thrones and Big Little Lies has announced they will begin work on a spin-off series of the classic movie ‘Grease’.

The new series named ‘Grease:Rydell High’ will centre around the world of Rydell High, the high school prominently featured in the 1970’s classic movie.

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According to HBO Max, the series will reimagine ‘Grease’ the movie, keeping some familiar faces while also creating new ones. 

The show will still be set in the 1950’s and has promised to capture us with its catchy tunes, both from the original movie and newer songs.

However some of the more iconic ‘Grease’ songs such as “Grease Lightning’ and ‘Summer Nights’ won’t be featured in the new series as the estate representing Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, who composed the songs and lyrics for the 1971 musical, is withholding the rights to use these songs.

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Bob Greenblatt, chairperson of WarnerMedia Entertainment, announced the new series at a conference in Cannes.

Sharing some details he said ‘We’re going to build out the world of this show which everybody loves, in that musical style, and build basically a ‘High School Musical’ kind of experience that will be a big fun rock and roll musical.’

‘Grease:Rydell High’ is said to be just as energetic and fun as the movie and will give us many new numbers to sing along to. 

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Not only do us Grease fans have the series to look forward to but Paramount Pictures are also currently in the making of a prequel movie called ‘Summer Lovin.’

We can already see ourselves shamelessly dancing along to these exciting new ‘Grease’ projects.

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