moves ahead at Paramount with hiring of Brett Haley as director
The Grease prequel Summer Loving has taken a move forward at Paramount with the hiring of a director. Brett Haley, 36, has been picked to direct the film about the budding romance between greaser Danny and nice girl Sandy, according to an article Monday by Deadline.
The musical film Grease premiered in 1978 and was based on the 1971 stage musical of the same name that premiered in Chicago before making its way to Broadway. Grease starred John Travolta, 66, as Danny and Olivia Newton-John, 71, as Sandy.
The film was directed by Randal Kleiser, 73, who previously had directed Travolta in the 1976 made-for-TV drama film The Boy In The Plastic Bubble. Grease was an immediate commercial and critical success and was the highest-grossing musical film ever at the time. It spawned a sequel Grease 2 starring Michelle Pfeiffer, 62. Fox aired Grease: Live, a live TV-adaptation of the musical, in 2016 that starred Julianne Hough, 32, as Sandy and Vanessa Hudgens, 31, as Rizzo. The 1978 Grease film focused on high school teens Danny and Sandy who enjoy a summer fling and then learn they attend the same high school.
The couple before reuniting famously detailed their romance in the song Summer Nights in which Sandy emphasised the romantic nature of their relationship while Danny highlighted their physical attraction. 'Summer loving had me a blast, Summer loving happened so fast,' the song begins providing the name for the prequel. Haley's directing credits include: I'll See You In My Dreams, The Hero, Hearts Beat Loud and the teen romantic drama All The Bright Places that was released in February by Netflix. Summer Loving from Paramount is being produced by Temple Hill and Picturestart.