Thirty years ago, the dark comedy Heathers was released. The movie, which starred Winona Ryder as a high school student who plots to kill the “mean girls” who have been tormenting her, earned critical acclaim, but didn’t earn much at the box office. That’s why we were a little surprised to see that the film is being remade as a TV comedy. Jason Micalle, who created the TV revival, explained to us why he felt the timing was right to reintroduce Heathers. (Click on the media bar below to hear Jason Micalle)
The new TV version of Heathers premieres March 7 on the Paramount Network.
Christian Slater stars in "the forgotten," on ABC. Pictured: Christian Slater. Photo: ABC/RICHARD FOREMAN.
Christian Slater has been working long days on his new series the forgotten, but not quite so long that he hasn’t heard the word that the cult classic that he starred in back in 1989, Heathers, is being turned into a Television series by Fox and Sony TV.
If you never saw the original, it’s got one heck of a storyline: Veronica (played by Winona Ryder) is a student who is fed up the clique of mean girls; all named Heather. She meets the new guy on campus, J.D. (originally played by Slater in the ’89 flick) and together they start killing the bitchy broads, while making it look like suicide.
How they’re going to update such a dark comedy for a TV audience (other than cable) should prove interesting. But, as long as the two companies are moving forward, Slater graciously gives them his blessing (not that they asked for it).
Click onto media bar for Christian Slater‘s reaction to Heathers being updated for TV viewers.
How very”…encouraging. After months of speculation, Winona Ryder said in an interview appearing in the July issue of Empire that a sequel to the 1988 cult film is in the works. “I swear to God,” she said. “But for some reason Dan [Waters, writer] and Michael [Lehmann, director] don’t want to talk about it.” Maybe you shouldn’t be talking about it then, lady! Oh, but she went on. “There is a story, and Christian [Slater] has agreed to come back as a kind of Obi-Wan character.”
This just got good. When I first heard rumors of a “new Heathers,” I imagined a pointless remake along the lines of Footloose or the recently announced Girls Just Want To Have Fun. But a sequel? I love Heathers more than I love BBQ Corn Nuts, but how exactly might a Heathers sequel work? If J.D. has become an Obi-Wan type, will Shannen Doherty play a droid who manages a vintage shop specializing in late-’80s fashion hats? Will the teen queens abandon croquet for Wii Croquet?
On this day in 1988, NEW WORLD PICTURES released HEATHERS. Directed by MICHAEL LEHMANN from a script by DANIEL WATERS, HEATHERS is one of the best teen-angst movies ever. WINONA RYDER plays an only half-invested pop princess who meets up with an edgy outsider (CHRISTIAN SLATER) who takes her to the dark side. Great imagery and performances make this a must-see.
The influential 1988 teen dark comedy, which launched the careers of Winona Ryder, Christian Slater and scribe Dan Waters, is stagebound in a production being developed by Andy Fickman, director of “Race to Witch Mountain,” who is making a return to his musical roots.