There's This Now: 'Heathers' The Series

August 27, 2009


Someone wants to make Heathers the next Buffy, and it isn't me. Fox has announced plans to bring the dark high school comedy back to life as a TV series:

[Writer, Mark] Rizzo is still kicking around ideas on how to update "Heathers" 20 years after the film 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 Ryder), J.D. (Slater) and the "Heathers."

The original 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.

So it will be Heathers without all the murdering and suicide? (I assume, in the interest of maintaining some sort of cast.) That doesn't sound like much of a Heathers to me. Irreverent pranks will never be a substitute for making someone drink drain cleaner.

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