EXCLUSIVE: Paramount + prequel series Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies added Justin Tranter, Jamal Sims and Alethea Jones to the mix. The series originated from the writer Annabel Oakes.
The series will feature new original music, written and produced by Tranter, a Grammy-nominated songwriter and producer known for his albums including that of Dua Lipa. Nostalgia for the future, that of Lady Gaga Chromatic and the chicks’ Gas lighter. Sims, whose work appeared in When the beat stops, 13 the musical and RuPaul’s Trail Race, will choreograph the musical numbers of the series. Jones (Made for love, doll face, evil) will direct the first episode and produce.
Ordered by Paramount + in July, Grease: Rise of the Pink Ladies returns four years before the original 1978 film Fat. Before rock ‘n’ roll reigns, before the T-Birds are the coolest in school, four tired outcast girls dare to have fun in their own way, unleashing a moral panic that will change Rydell High forever.
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Oakes is showrunner and executive producer. Marty Bowen and Adam Fishbach will executive produce on Temple Hill, and Erik Feig will produce via Picturestart. The series is a production of Paramount Television Studios.
Tranter is replaced by Range Media Partners BB Gun Press, Sims is replaced by McDonald Selznick Associates, Jones is replaced by UTA, Kaplan Perrone and Lichter Grossman Nichols Adler Feldman & Clark.