Upstart streaming service HBO Max will develop a new musical series inspired by the 1976 movie Grease, the network said Tuesday.
Grease: Rydell High will be set in the 1950s and will feature some characters from the film, according to HBO Max. The series will also feature musical numbers from the period as well as new songs, said the streaming service.
“Grease is an iconic pop-culture phenomenon that works for every generation, and I’m thrilled that our friends at Paramount were excited about the idea of opening up the show and putting it on a larger canvas for a weekly series,” said Sarah Aubrey, head of original content, HBO Max in a statement. “This is high school and life in small-town USA told on the scale of a big rock’n’roll musical. It’s Grease 2.0 but with the same spirit, energy, and excitement you immediately think of when you hear any of these iconic songs.”
Picturestart and Temple Hill will serve as executive producers for Grease: Rydell High, with Paramount Television and Picturestart producing the series.