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How Danny Met Sandy? They're making a Grease prequel that tells the story of ''Summer Nights''

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Grease, the Oscar-nominated musical that forever linked John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John, just celebrated its 40-year anniversary last year, and you know the reboot machine just can't let a notable birthday pass without pumping out ideas to refresh an entertainment franchise. That's exactly what's happening, as it's just been announced that Grease will get not a reboot, but a prequel, the origin story of Danny and Sandy's forbidden love, the thumping heart at the center of nearly every song on the musical's catchy soundtrack.

There's just one song the prequel really cares about, though, and that's "Summer Nights." According to CNN, the screenplay will be written by John August (the same guy who did the 2000s Charlie's Angels reboots and wrote the Oscar-nominated retro movie Big Fish), and it will tell that story that the T-Birds, the Pink Ladies and Sandy sang about so enticingly in "Summer Nights."

So, yes, expect to see a fresh cast play out the scene where "she nearly drowned" and finally reveal the truth: Did it go down like Danny said? Or Sandy? It's a surprisingly intriguing choice in the realm of reboots, discovering a pretty much unanswered question and taking the time to imagine what really happened. That's why Grease fans are optimistic about the prequel, which we're hoping will have plenty of Beach Party film vibes and fulfill the review proclaimed in the beginning of the song at the screenplay's core: "Had me a blast."

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