In an unprecedented move by TV Land, it looks like we will soon be seeing more of the Heathers. In an exclusive from The Hollywood Reporter, we have received news that TV Land approved a pilot order for a Heathers anthology series rooted in dark comedy. For some fans of the original movie, the changes that TV Land is planning on making may not appeal to them. No longer will be seeing the stereotypical well-coifed pretty girl gangs of yore. It looks like TV Land has something extra planned.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, this is what we should expect:
TV Land’s take is described as a black comedy that takes place in the present day. It features a new set of popular-yet-evil Heathers — only this time the outcasts have become high school royalty. Heather McNamara (originally played by Lisanne Falk) is a black lesbian; Heather Duke (Shannen Doherty) is a male who identifies as gender-queer whose real name is Heath; and Heather Chandler (Kim Walker) has a body like Martha Dumptruck.
via The Hollywood Reporter
TV Land has tapped Leslye Headland, who’s known for her work on Sleeping With Other People, to direct. Like me, Headland hadn’t seen Heathers until her 20s. She remarked on the film’s relevance, relatability, and how it has come to inspire an entire generation of people. I agree with her completely, especially since the film appeals to the cynic within us all.
That being said, I am not sure how I feel about this series getting another reboot, especially with the image that TV Land has for the new gang of Heathers. This would be the third time Heathers will be getting a TV series reboot and, due to what I consider to be too much tapping into ’80s nostalgia, I think that TV Land may be overstretching themselves. It is hard to replicate something that is considered a cult classic, especially a film like Heathers.
With regards to TV Land’s image for the new gang of Heathers, I have mixed feelings. I like that they are flipping the narrative of what society considers to be outcasts. Here we have the gang consisting of people who’d normally be ostracized by society as the “high school royalty”. You have two members of the gang consisting of LGBTQ youth, which is a great step towards seeing more inclusive roles for the LGBTQ community. However, my fear is that the writing for these particular roles may fall into the stereotypical range. Mind you, I do have some semblance of hope. However, due to the predictability of writing in Hollywood, this is a legitimate concern of mine that we may once again be served with a stereotypical view of LGBTQ youth if it is not written properly.
The series will be written by Jason Micallef, who’s known for his work on Butter. Apparently, the anthology component of the series will be similar to FX’s Fargo and feature a new group of Heathers each season. There is no news yet as to when the series pilot will air, but production will start in the Fall.
What are your thoughts on this reboot? Are you just as hesitant as I am? Check out the trailer below for the original film and let us know your thoughts.