Wednesday, October 14, 2020

'Grease' Prequel Series Moves From HBO Max to Paramount+

The upcoming Grease prequel series is changing streaming platforms. The new scripted series was initially picked up at HBO Max but has now been ordered at Paramount+ (the upcoming rebrand of CBS All Access).

The project has also been slightly re-conceived. Originally titled Grease: Rydell High, the series has shifted to Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies. It will now focus on how Sandy, Rizzo, Jan, Marty and Frenchy came together and how the reverence, fear and moral panic they sparked changed Rydell High forever.

Annabel Oakes remains with the project as writer and executive producer. Paramount Television, Picturestart and Temple Hill Entertainment will produce.

The move comes after HBO Max opted not to proceed with the series. It was originally set up at the streamer in October 2019. Since then, the service has undergone a management shakeup with HBO president Casey Bloys put in charge of the streamer. Meanwhile, content heads Bob Greenblatt and Kevin Reilly departed the leadership team.