Kaiser has done a wonderful job of ushering in some Winona Ryder nostalgia in the wake of Winona’s relative fashion triumphs on the red carpet of the Venice and TIFF premieres of The Iceman. Yesterday, I contributed slightly to the discussion by mentioning Ryder’s grace in the face of questions by rude journos, and throughout all of these stories, many of you have commented on how much you loved her 1980s movies — in particular, a whole lot of love has gone out to Heathers.
Well hang tight because I gotta motor if I wanna be ready for that party tonight, and there’s some really bad news to that effect. Or good news, depending on how you look at it. The Bravo television network has announced it is developing a Heathers reboot for the small screen, and the show will focus not upon Veronica Sawyer or J.D. characters but upon the daughters of the remaining Heathers. There were two Heathers left at the end of the movie, right?
Bravo is continuing its push into original scripted programming, adding five dramas to its development pipeline including a reboot of 1980s cult movie Heathers.
As part of its goal to have original scripted fare on the air next year, the NBCUniversal-owned network is redeveloping Heathers, a project The Big C’s Jenny Bicks and Sony Pictures Television initially sold to Fox three years ago.
The updated Heathers picks up 20 years later, with Veronica (played by Winona Ryder in the 1989 feature) returning home to Sherwood with her teenage daughter, who must contend with the next generation of mean girls — the Ashleys, who are the daughters of the surviving Heathers.
“Through our growing slate of scripted development, we plan to build upon the success of our award-winning unscripted programming, accessing and exploring new worlds and characters while still engaging the same affluent and pop-culture-savvy audience that watches the Real Housewives and Top Chef,” said Andrew Wang, vp scripted development and production at Bravo. “We’re excited to partner with such high-caliber talent in developing TV that pushes boundaries conceptually and thematically while still telling a fun story in the way that our audiences have come to expect from us.”
[From Hollywood Reporter]
Hmm. This opens up a new opportunity for Shannen Doherty to possibly return as one of the surviving Heathers, but I’m not sure at all if producers would cast Doherty since she has a reputation as an on-set troublemaker. Lisanne Falk originally played the other Heather who didn’t bite it, but she seems to have dropped out of Hollywood for whatever reason.
The planned reboot sounds like a disaster in the making, really. There’s no earthly way they could translate the movie’s particular brand of dark satire to a Bravo show, so the whole vibe of the franchise will likely change. I still remember seeing Heathers in the movie theater back when I had a crush on Christian Slater (and Winona too). There were two little old ladies sitting in front of us, and they left during “that scene” in the woods. They were so traumatized, and I feel kind of bad for laughing at the memory.
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