Grease - Spinoff Series Moving to Paramount+ from HBO Max By Assassin (October 14, 2020, 8:01 pm)
Paramount Plus, the recently announced ViacomCBS streaming platform, has nabbed the Grease spinoff series, previously titled “Grease: Rydell High”, from HBO Max and rebranded it as “Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies”, Variety has learned exclusively from sources. News of the move comes almost exactly a year to the day after the show, a spinoff of the classic John Travolta and Olivia Newton John movie from 1978, was handed a straight-to-series order by the WarnerMedia streamer.
For “Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies” is an hour-long musical comedy about how the infamous Pink Ladies (comprised of Sandy, Rizzo, Jan, Marty and Frenchy in the original movie) began and how the reverence, fear, and moral panic they sparked changed Rydell High forever. Annabel Oakes (“Atypical,” “Transparent”) remains on board as creator, writer and executive producer.
According to a source with knowledge of the situation,Casey Bloys decided to not move forward with the project after taking over HBO Max content duties as part of his promotion to Chief Content Officer for HBO and HBO Max in August.