Bold: Rise of the Pink Ladies, a sequel series set before the events of the iconic 1978 film Fat, just received an official serial order from Paramount+. The 10-episode series, from Paramount Television Studios, was initially slated for development at HBO Max before the project failed. It was picked up for development by Paramount+ last fall, but only now got the official green light.
By deadline, Bold: Rise of the Pink Ladies will explore how Rizzo, Frenchy, Marty and Jan came together before becoming known as the Pink Ladies in their senior year at Rydell High. The series is set four years before the original Fat, before “rock ‘n’ roll reigned, before the T-Birds were the coolest in school, four tired, outcast girls dare to have fun on their own terms, setting off a moral panic that will change Rydell High forever.”
Annabel Oakes (atypical) created the series and serves as writer and showrunner. Oakes also executive produces alongside Mary Bowen for Temple Hill and Erik Feig for Picturestart. The series will feature new and returning characters, along with a mix of old and new songs.
Fat, one of the most popular music films of all time, was released in 1978. Set in 1958, the film delves into the romance between Danny Zuko and Sandy Olsson. Despite pressure from both Danny and Sandy from their own respective friends, their romance eventually continues, with the two eventually riding into the sunset. Few musicals have since achieved comparable success.
In 1982, the sequel Fat 2 was released with new actors in the lead role. Two years after the first film, starring Maxwell Caulfield and Michelle Pfeiffer, and Patricia Birch directed. It was a blockbuster and was not as well received as the original film, although it did help launch Pfeiffer’s career.
There are also plans to develop a prequel movie separate from the TV series. In 2019, Paramount Pictures announced that the film summer love’ was in the works with John August writing the script. Rather than focusing on the Pink Ladies, the film takes its inspiration from the Fat song and revolves around the summer when Danny and Sandy first met and fell in love. Last year, Brett Haley boarded the project as a director and it was reported that Leah McKendrick had rewritten most of the script.
Paramount+ has no qualms about revisiting established intellectual properties from past years for all-new exclusive content. One of the streamer’s most popular offerings is a iCarly reboot that brings back Miranda Cosgrove as the titular star of the web series. After recently premiering on Paramount+, the show has already received a series renewal. The platform has also rebooted backgrats and offers new spin-offs from Star Trek and Spongebob Squarepants.
Bold: Rise of the Pink Ladies doesn’t have an official premiere date yet. If you want to watch the original again Fat, the film will be streamed for free on demand on Pluto TV. The platform also has Fat 2 available if interested. This news comes from Deadline.
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