'Heathers' the TV show? Bravo developing 'present day update' of '80s film
Heather, my love, there's a new sheriff in town. Two of them.
Before Lindsay Lohan battled the "Mean Girls," there was "Heathers" The 1988 cult dark comedy film stars Winona Ryder as high school student Veronica, the fourth member of a clique containing three snotty girls named Heather, and Christian Slater as J.D., the sexy new guy with a dark past and a secret plan to help her carry out her revenge against her frenemies.
The cable channel Bravo announced on Wednesday, September 12, that it is developing a TV project described as a "present day update" of the movie, which would take place 20 years after the film's end. The project focuses on Veronica, who moves back to Sherwood, Ohio with her teenage daughter.
The girl "enters high school and has to deal with "the next generation of mean girls, "the 'Ashleys,' daughters of the surviving 'Heathers,'" Bravo said in a statement to OTRC.com.
Teenage death and suicide and bullying were main themes in the original R-rated film, in which the Heather who first leads the clique is killed. Tragically, Kim Walker, the actress who played the character, Heather Chandler, died at age 32 in 2001. She was reportedly diagnosed with a brain tumor.
"Beverly Hills, 90210" and "Charmed" actress Shannen Doherty played the ruthless, bulimic, clique queen wannabe Heather Duke, while Lisanne Falk portrayed the airheaded but kinder cheerleader Heather McNamara. The actress, now 47, went on to star in the 1997 movie "Suicide Kings" and stopped acting regularly a year later.
The "Heathers" TV reboot's executive producers are Mark Rizzo, who is also the writer, Tom Rosenberg, Gary Lucchesi and Jenny Bicks, who also works on "The Big C" and was an executive producer of the HBO series "Sex and the City." The cast of the new project has not been announced.