Our prayers have finally been answered and we get a prequel show to Grease.
In the news we’ve all been waiting for, Paramount + has ordered Fat prequel The rise of the pink ladies straight to the series, with ten episodes en route to the streaming service, depending on the deadline. Set four years before the events of the 1978 classic musical, the show will follow four high school outcasts as they band together to “spark a moral panic that will change Rydell High forever.”
You might think we would get new versions of Rizzo, Frenchy, Marty, and Jan, but The rise of the pink ladies will focus on entirely new characters, in the first scripted series to be commissioned for the studio’s internal platform from the president of Paramount Television Studios Nicole clemens took on the additional duties of overseeing Paramount + ‘s original episodic content lineup.
This is the same project that was originally announced as being in the works for HBO Max in 2019, when it was known as Fat: Rydell High. When you factor in the prequel Love of summer, who hired Brett Haley to direct a Leah McKendrick screenplay last summer for Paramount, we could be in the early stages of a greasy cinematic universe, which is a terrifying prospect to say the least.
The rise of the pink ladies will be written by Atypical alum Annabel oakes, who will also be executive producer and showrunner. Marty bowen and Erik Feig are also listed as executive producers through their respective banners Temple Hill and Picturestart, so it looks like the prequel is already pretty far along in the development process.
Fat remains a monolithic figure in music and pop culture in general, having made $ 366 million at the box office and delivered an all-time soundtrack, not to mention creating a sequel, multiple shows on stage, a live television adaptation and a Venezuelan telenova among its many ramifications. There is no production start date yet, but The rise of the pink ladies happens whether you like it or not.
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He also talks about the challenges of joining the project after filming begins.
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