Fox Readying Update on Beloved 1978 Movie for Live Broadcast B&C
A wildly successful and beloved 1978 movie will get a live broadcast update on Fox. B&C reports that the network today announced plans to air a live version of the musical "Grease," with the special set for 2015.
"'Grease Live' will be produced by Paramount Television. Casting and creative team members have not been announced," B&C noted.
Said Shana C. Waterman, senior VP of event series for Fox: “From Broadway to film, and across generations, 'Grease' is one of the most beloved musical stories ever told -- and we can't wait to bring it to our air in a spectacular live event. Its iconic characters and addictive songs make it the perfect fit for Fox, and we’re going to give it the kind of star power and production quality to make every Sandy, Danny, Rizzo and Kenickie out there want to get up and sing along.”
The report notes: "In December, NBC drew a 4.6 live-plus-same day rating among adults 18-49 and 18.5 million total viewers for its live production of 'The Sound of Music.' The network announced a month later that it will broadcast a live version of 'Peter Pan' this year."
Amy Powell, president of Paramount TV, said: “It’s incredibly exciting to have one of our first major network productions be based on this universally celebrated Paramount title."
Paramount's 1978 film version starred John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John.