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TV Spin-Off of 'Grease' called 'Rydell High' is Coming to HBO Max

The feature film from 1978 is getting a spin-off TV show now.


From 1978 to 2019. Over 40 years and an incredible legacy later, Grease is getting a live-action TV spin-off. The musical film from 1978 starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John is getting special treatment especially after Paramount announced it six months ago. Initially, it was announced that a feature film prequel will be happening but later it was confirmed that a spinoff live-action TV show is happening.

And the first poster of the spin-off called Ryder High has arrived which will be coming on HBO Max, the forthcoming streamer. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the TV series will be produced by Paramount Television, the studio behind Fox's Emmy-winning 2016 one-off Grease: Live. Erik Feig's Picturestart and Temple Hill (Love, Simon))will exec produce. The new take reimagines the original movie and will feature some characters from the original. The series is still set in the 1950s and will feature big musical numbers from the era combined with new original songs. The series will explore the peer pressures of high school, the horrors of puberty and life in middle America with a modern sensibility.

"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!” 

"Grease is one of the most beloved Paramount titles and it’s a thrill to be re-imagining it for today’s audience with our good friends at Temple Hill and Picturestart," Paramount TV president Nicole Clemens said. "When Bob Greenblatt called about bringing it to television, we knew we would be in the perfect hands because of our great working relationship with HBO Max and Bob’s genuine passion for musicals and Grease in particular.”

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