We’ve heard it might be turned into a musical and we’ve heard more times than we can count that a sequel is coming … all with no real results … but finally it looks like fans of Heathers are being thrown a bone with some actual meat on it. Sony Pictures TV and Lakeshore Entertainment have the project in the script stage at Fox with Mark Rizzo tapped for writing duty to convert the film into a contemporary TV series.
Variety reports that Rizzo is still kicking around ideas on how to update Heathers 20 years after it became a favorite among the underground set. But the characters from the movie are all expected to be there — Veronica Sawyer (played in the movie by Winona Ryder), J.D. (originated by Christian Slater) and the “Heathers.”
The movie revolved around Veronica as she navigates a clique of mean girls — all named Heather — and rebels after meeting J.D., the new guy at school. Soon, the Heathers start “accidentally” dying at the hands of Veronica and J.D., who cover up the deaths by faking them as suicides. Ryder’s character chronicles her teen angst and the rising body count with regular diary entries.
For Lakeshore, the project reps its introduction to the world of TV. “We had the title and talked about doing a film remake at times,” said Lakeshore president Gary Lucchesi, “but doing it for TV seemed like a fresh and original idea.” Along with writing, Rizzo is exec producing with “Sex and the City” alum Jenny Bicks serving as a non-writing exec producer. Lucchesi and Lakeshore’s Tom Rosenberg will also exec produce.
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