‘Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies’ Prequel Gets the Green Light on Paramount+: Details

by Madison Miller

“What do you guys think of Sandy? Do you think we can let her into the Pink Ladies? … Nah, she looks too pure to be pink!”

Perhaps one of the most powerful, girl-boss groups of cinema history, the Pink Ladies were a star entourage in “Grease.” They wore pink every day before it was cool to wear pink on only Wednesdays, as per “Mean Girls.”

Finally, we may get to learn how the girl gang got those iconic matching jackets in the first place.

Now, fans of the classic 1978 movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John can take a look at the “Grease” life before Sandy and Danny dominated the narrative. The soundtrack sold more than 8 million copies in the United States and continues to remain popular.

‘Grease’ Prequel in the Works

According to Deadline, Paramount+ just gave the green light to an upcoming prequel series called “Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies.” It is a 10-episode pickup as of now and was previously called “Grease: Rydell High” before a name change.

The show will rewind four years before the events of “Grease.” It is all set “before rock ‘n’ roll ruled, before the T-Birds were the coolest in the school, four fed-up, outcast girls dare to have fun on their own terms, sparking a moral panic that will change Rydell High forever.”

A story that was once ruled by a bad-boy, good-girl narrative typical of the time is being flipped to an all-female narrative.

Although the Pink Ladies makes fans think of Rizzo, Frenchy, Marty, and Jan, the spin-off is actually going to have all-new characters.

The highly anticipated “Grease” Prequel is written and executive produced by Annabel Oakes. She is known for her work on the incredibly popular Netflix series, “Atypical.” She is also the showrunner. “Grease” narratives have happened in the past, including the live staging in 2016 with Julianne Hough and Vanessa Hudgens. That live-action wonder brought Fox five different Emmy Awards.

Casting and Reboots

As of now, we’re in the age of reboots and remakes. A huge portion of Hollywood projects is recycled material, whether that be comics, books, or older TV and movie productions.

Paramount+ has been leaning into that as well. The network is also working on “Flashdance,” “Love Story,” “The Italian Job,” and “Star Trek” projects.

Sadly, iconic actors like Stockard Channing as Pink Lady Rizzo likely won’t get that call to star in the series, seeing as the original movie was over 40 years ago. Channing has kept busy with “Six Degrees of Separation,” “The West Wing,” “The Good Wife,” and “Apologia.”

Hopefully, “Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies” can find a leading lady as bad-ass as Rizzo. As of now, there is no casting information available for the Paramount+ show.

The characters in “Grease” were in their mid-20s to early-30s when cast in the hit musical movie. Hopefully, casting keeps in mind the look of authentic high schoolers.