Classic musical "Grease" features a number of iconic songs on its soundtrack, and now, one of those tunes has inspired a new film.
The Hollywood Reporter has the word that Paramount is actively developing a prequel to the 1978 flick, called "Summer Loving." It's based on the song "Summer Nights," which Sandy Olsson (Olivia Newton-John) and Danny Zuko (John Travolta) croon about their fateful meeting while vacationing at the beach, and all the summer lovin' that followed.
THR tells us more, tells us more about what the movie version of the song will cover:
" ... in the early part of the [original] movie, in a he said/she manner, Zuko and Olsson both recount to their friends a summer fling they had via the song 'Summer Nights.' Zuko’s is more graphic while Olsson’s is much innocent and wistful.
The prequel's story is said to tackle that fateful meeting."
While we're a bit skeptical about seeing a film-length version of that short-lived dalliance play out (the song covers it pretty well, after all), THR's report notes that the project's screenwriter is John August, whose eclectic resume lends itself well to such a challenge. August is a frequent collaborator of filmmaker Tim Burton, working with the director on films including "Big Fish" and "Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." He also wrote the first two "Charlie's Angels" movies, and shares a writing credit on this summer's "Aladdin" live-action remake.
With August behind the scenes, we -- like Sandy and Danny -- are willing to give the flick a shot. Maybe this crazy fan theory will somehow make an appearance?
[via: The Hollywood Reporter]