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New Grease spin-off Rydell High to go on HBO
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New Grease spin-off Rydell High to go on HBO

A new Grease spin-off is on the way. 

The spin-off, which is billed as a TV series, is called Rydell High and will first debut with HBO. 

Paramount Television, the studio behind 2016 one-off Grease: Live, will produce. 

The series will reimagine the original movie and will feature some characters from it.

It will be set in the 1950s and will feature big musical numbers from the era combined with new original songs. 

The spin-off is the second to be announced in recent months, with a film also on the way. 

The new film will be set before the events in the all-conquering musical and will be scripted by Aladdin/Big Fish writer John August. It is to be titled Summer Loving. 

Released in 1978, Grease told the story of high-school pair Sandy and Danny who fall in love over the summer, only to discover they're now in the same high school where they struggle to rekindle their romance. 

The movie will tell the story of how the pair come to first meet, a story which has very different versions in the movie's song 'Summer Nights'. 

Grease began its life as a musical in Chicago in 1971 before being taken to the big screen with John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John in starring roles. 

It subsequently grossed more than $395 million on a budget of just $6 million and has been re-released numerous times over the years. 

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