HBO Max has announced two high profile projects set to be a part of the streaming service when it launches.
First up, the company has scored back the rights to Aaron Sorkin’s iconic Warner Brothers produced political drama “The West Wing” from Netflix where it currently airs and will continue to do so until HBO Max goes live. The acquisition comes after the service also snagged classic sitcom “Friends” and “The Big Bang Theory”.
Also announced today, the company has handed out a straight-to-series order for the musical series “Grease: Rydell High” with a search underway for a writer. Paramount Television is producing the series which will follow on from the events of the original movie.
Still set in the 1950s, the story will feature big musical numbers from the era combined with new original songs and will explore the peer pressures of high school, the horrors of puberty and life in middle America with a modern sensibility. Several characters from the original film will also star.
The news comes as part of a keynote address in which it was also indicated that announcements are imminent regarding Greg Berlanti’s various shows in the DC Universe (eg. “Arrow,” “The Flash,” etc.) – suggesting more shows in that universe could be on the way. Also likely to go on the service will be more international series following the success that Netflix, Amazon and HBO itself have been having with shows from other countries.
Source: The Live Feed