An updated version of the ’80s cult classic ‘Heathers’ in the works.
The 1988 film that helped launch the careers of Winona Ryder and Christian Slater will be re-imagined as a television show for the Bravo network.
The ‘Heathers’ project is part of a retooling of Bravo’s image. The channel initially featured indie films and dramas but later focused more on reality show fare like the ‘Real Housewives’ franchise.
In the next year, Bravo will be moving more towards original, scripted shows. It has five dramas, including ‘Heathers,’ in the works for next year.
“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,” said Andrew Wang, vice president of scripted development and production at Bravo.
The new version of ‘Heathers’ has Ryder’s character Veronica returning to her hometown twenty years later with her daughter.
In the original film, a dark comedy, Veronica faced off against the popular girls who were all named Heather. The updated ‘Heathers’ has a new bad girl squad; this time they are the Ashleys.
This isn’t the first time there have been talks of a new version of ‘Heathers.’ In 2009, Ryder told Empire magazine that there would be a sequel film.
“I swear to God,” she said. “There is a story, and Christian [Slater] has agreed to come back as a kind of Obi-Wan character.”
Plans for another film never materialized and it doesn’t appear that any of the original stars are involved in the new ‘Heathers’ series.
Check out the trailer for the original ‘Heathers’ below: