The “Grease” saga is living up to the famed lyrics: “Tell me more, tell me more.”
Paramount Pictures is developing “Summer Nights,” a prequel to the epic 1978 musical “Grease,” which immortally highlighted the ’50s high school love story of John Travolta’s Danny and Olivia Newton-John’s Sandy.
The studio has tapped screenwriter John August (“Big Fish”) to pen the prequel script, his publicist Bebe Lerner confirms to USA TODAY.
The prequel will use the song and lyrics from “Summer Nights” as the jumping off point to the story of how the two lovers met.
The song paints a picture of young, carefree love in the summer before Sandy and Danny found themselves expressing clashing school personas in social cliques at Rydell High School — Danny a greaser and Sandy an Australian innocent.
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In the song “Summer Nights,” Danny and Sandy give widely differing accounts of their summer love to their respective friends who sing, “Tell me more, tell me more.”
The prequel will fill in the picture of the love on the beach before school started. Paramount hasn’t yet shared details on casting or potential release dates.
As fate would have it, “Summer Nights” could officially kill one of the longest lasting conspiracy theories about “Grease.” Online speculation has centered on one lyric which has Danny singing of Sandy, “She swam by me, she got a cramp. I saved her life, she nearly drowned.”
In 2016, the theory that Sandy had actually drowned on that fateful summer day went viral, speculating that the whole movie was her coma fantasy before death.
In 2018, Travolta himself laughingly dismissed the theory, telling USA TODAY, “I love it. Imaginations are awesome.”