Television network FOX announced Monday that the network will host a three-hour live broadcast of Grease which is set to air in 2015. The live broadcast will mark the second time FOX has featured the classic film, after devoting several episodes of the television series Glee to the film.
Shana C. Waterman, Senior VP Event Series at FOX shared in a statement, “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 decision to adapt Grease into a live TV production comes after the massive success of the Sound of Music Live broadcast hosted by NBC. The live production will be based on the 1971 Broadway musical and the 1978 feature film starring which starred Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta. The event will feature a young ensemble cast.
Paramount TV president Amy Powell was quoted as saying, ” It’s incredibly exciting to have one of our first major network productions be based on this universally celebrated Paramount title, and we’re thrilled to be partnering with Kevin [Reilly], Joe [Early] and Shana [Waterman] on this epic television event. Fox’s passion for engaging audiences with bold storytelling and live musical formats make it a perfect home for this special broadcast.”