The upcoming “Grease” prequel, “Summer Lovin’ has tapped Brett Haley to direct.
The latest take on the script, penned by Leah McKendrick, will fix on the summer that Danny and Sandy first met. Previous reports suggested John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John may appear in the film as older versions of their legendary Rydell High characters.
According to Deadline, who have the scoop, if “Summer Lovin'” is a hit they’re keen on exploring further instalments down the road.
Paramount have been trying to get a third “Grease” movie going for years, and have wanted Newton-John and Travolta back for every incarnation. They’re a big reason for the original hit’s success, of course.
Problem has been that Liv and John never went for any of the scripts – afraid they’d tarnish the original by doing a cheap ‘reunion’ movie – so, I’m guessing the studio has hired a big-time writer to make sure that doesn’t happen this time, and they won’t approach the duo until the script is as solid as it can be. As for why it’s a prequel? this was the only way it was going to work now. The years have ticked by too fast. Yes, the initial plan was to do a sequel, fixing on the duo’s kids, but that went away a decade ago or so.
The search will be on soon to find a charming Italian-American and pretty Australian to play the younger incarnations of their characters.