The 1989 cult classic Heathers is about to get a makeover on the small screen, with a new TV series on TV Land. The Hollywood Reporter reveals that TV Land has put a new comedic anthology series based on the movie into development, which will put a much different spin on the story, now set in present-day. The site reports that the anthology aspect of the series will be similar to FX's Fargo, with each season featuring a new group of Heathers in different settings.
The original movie centered on Veronica (Winona Ryder) and her rebel boyfriend J.D. (Christian Slater), who hatch a plot to destroy all of the cool kids at their high school, who are dubbed "Heathers." The new series will center on Veronica, who is dealing with a much different group of Heathers, who are just as evil as they are popular, described as "high school royalty." The Heather McNamara character, originally played by Lisanne Falk, is described as a black lesbian, while Shannen Doherty's Heather Duke will now be a male who identifies as "gender-queer," whose real name is Heath. The new Heathers are rounded out by Heather Chandler, originally played by Kim Walker, whose body is similar to Martha Dumptruck, a character played by Carrie Lynn in the original. Deadline's report on the project reveals that some of Veronica's teenage problems include dating a "murderous psychopath" and picking out an outfit for her best friend's suicide.
Jason A. Micallef (Butter) is writing the pilot script for the single-camera comedy, which will be produced by Lakeshore Entertainment's Gary Lucchesi and Tom Rosenberg. The original movie marked the directorial debut of Michael Lehmann (40 Days and 40 Nights), with Daniel Waters (Vampire Academy) providing the screenplay in his feature writing debut. It isn't known if the original director or writer will be involved in this TV series.
The original movie debuted in limited release in 1989, and only took in $1.1 million, but it became a cult favorite upon its release on home video platforms. This is actually the third time that the movie has spawned a TV series, but the first two installments never got off the ground. In 2012, Bravo and writer Jenny Bicks teamed up for a project that centered on the "Ashleys," the daughters of the original Heathers who represented the new generation of mean girls. Gary Lucchesi and Tom Rosenberg actually produced that project as well before it was scrapped in 2013, and they also worked with Jenny Bicks on a different Heathers series that was sold to Fox in 2009.
Jason A. Micallef made the Black List in 2008 for his screenplay Butter, which was turned into the 2012 movie starring Olivia Wilde, Hugh Jackman, Jennifer Garner and Ashley Greene. Heathers marks TV Land's second movie-to-TV adaptation, following The First Wive's Club, which Jenny Bicks is executive producing. Are you looking forward to seeing a new generation of Heathers on the small screen?