“Grease” is the Word at HBO Max

Olivia Newton- John in "Grease."

The news out of HBO Max is burnin’ up the the quarter-mile!

The yet-to-be-launched streaming service has announced that it will be featuring a Grease spin-off series as part of its bouquet. 

The show has been titled Grease: Rydell High and will be set at the school where John Travolta and Olivia Newton- John’s characters, Danny and Sandy, saw each other after first meeting during summer vacation. 

That holiday romance will set the scene for the prequel film Summer Loving which was announced by Paramount six months ago, but which is entirely separate from this series. 

“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 content at HBO Max. “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. You’re the One That I Want!”

Although several details about Grease: Rydell High remain undetermined, the series is set to examine the peer pressures of high school, the horrors of puberty, and life in middle America during the 1950s while featuring big musical numbers from the era and original songs.