Oh how I wish I was "pulling your dick," but unfortunately '80s cult classic Heathers is joining the ginormous list of throwbacks greenlit for the reboot treatment in 2016.
For those unaware, the 1988 black comedy centered around a high school clique comprising of three bitches named Heather and their fourth, way less bitchy companion, Veronica (Winona Ryder). Although Veronica is appalled by the Heathers' reign of social terror, she keeps her opinions quiet until she falls for sarcastic rebel J.D. (Christian Slater) and together they work to restore the pecking order via a series of staged suicides. In a nutshell, it's the original Mean Girls, and it's brilliant. Here's the trailer, so you get the gist:
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According to The Hollywood Reporter, TV Land has ordered a pilot for a Heathers TV series based on its OG counterpart and, to be quite frank, its narrative already sounds a shambles. It's being designed as an anthology series — meaning each season (if it's given permission to continue after the first) will be set in a new high school with a different trio of Heathers. The first installment is seemingly attempting to modernize the three characters by giving them "evil" traits like one being gender-queer, one a black lesbian and the other a bit overweight. Yeah ...
While I understand the appeal of having a built-in audience to garner interest for a new TV show and the fact that nostalgia generally guarantees a decent return in the bank, Hollywood scraping the barrel to reproduce beloved material is starting to get a bit silly, not to mention insulting. As the mass appeal of Stranger Things proved, we don't need to uproot established material to create something of mass appeal but, I digress.
Production is expected to begin this fall.
What's your view on all these nostalgic reboots?