Gyton Grantley and Delta Goodrem in a scene from the TV mini-series Olivia Newton-John Hopelessly Devoted To You. Supplied by Channel 7.
Gyton Grantley and Delta Goodrem in a scene from the TV mini-series Olivia Newton-John Hopelessly Devoted To You. Supplied by Channel 7. Jackson Finter

Grease turns 40 as Delta plays Olivia

ON June 16, 2018, Grease will officially turn 40.

The musical film, which starred Olivia Newton-John and John Travolta, was an instant box office success and became a cultural phenomenon.

Newton-John told Forbes.com she sees no chance of a sequel to Grease.

"I think it's a bit late now. What would you do? Put us in a nursing home?" she said.

"I can't imagine that working now but you never know what someone could come up with. If there was a great idea then, of course, we would consider it, or at least I would. If John was up for it then I think I would be too but we couldn't do it without each other. Let's see what the future brings."

In Australia, ARIA award-winner singer songwriter Delta Goodrem has announced a brand new single, Love Is A Gift, a duet with Newton-John.

Olivia Newton John with Delta Goodrem, who will play her in the  Channel 7 biopic. Picture: Yuri Kouzmin
Olivia Newton John with Delta Goodrem, who will play her in the Channel 7 biopic. Picture: Yuri Kouzmin

The single is the first taste of new music from I Honestly Love You, the companion album to the upcoming Seven Network's TV series Olivia: Hopelessly Devoted To You, inspired by the life of Newton-John.

The first single off the album Love is a Gift, was originally released in 1998 and was written by Newton-John, Earl Rose, and Victoria Shaw.

 Newton-John said the new recording gives the song a new purpose.

"When we wrote Love Is A Gift, we wrote it as a love song," she said.

"Now, when (Delta and I) sing it, it's about friendship and love between friends. And so it still has the same meaning; it's just a different time for the song."

I Honestly Love You will release on Friday, May 11, and is available to pre-order now.

Delta Goodrem as Olivia Newton-John recreating the Physical  video in the new Channel 7 mini series.
Delta Goodrem as Olivia Newton-John recreating the Physical video in the new Channel 7 mini series.

Newton John, who lives in Los Angeles and co-owns Gaia Retreat in Newrybar, recently said she was 'horrified' when she heard Channel 7 had made a new mini-series about her life.

She told the Australian Women's Weekly that she "probably won't watch it," adding, "when they told me they were doing it, I was horrified."

Goodrem said: "Having Olivia as a friend for all these years has been such an incredible gift. From a young age, she was an artist I admired and looked up to. I love the sentiment of this song."

Olivia: Hopelessly Devoted To You will air on Channel 7 later in the year.