'Reality Bites' TV reboot in the works, report says
Generation X-ers, listen up -- here are two things that may make you feel old.
1. NBC is reportedly developing a TV reboot of the 1994 cult-classic "slacker" film "Reality Bites."
2. "Reality Bites" was released almost 20 years ago.
Back to the TV news: The reboot will be a comedy and will be executive-produced by Ben Stiller, who directed and starred in the movie. Original screenwriter Helen Childress is also set to pen the project's script, according to the Hollywood Reporter, which carried the original report. NBC spokespeople had no immediate comment on Friday, Aug. 23.
No actors set to appear in the new comedy have been named. The film, a romantic comedy, focused on Lelaina, a college graduate ("I'm not a valedictorian, but I play one on TV") from Houston, played by Winona Ryder and her equally as sarcastic 20-something-year-old friends in the 1990s. The new "Reality Bites" project also focuses on the same character and has a similar plot, the Hollywood Reporter said.
Lelaina struggles with her newfound independence ("And they wonder why those of us in our twenties refuse to work an 80-hour week just so we can afford to buy their BMWs," she says in her graduation speech), and job search.
She is also caught in a love triangle with Troy, a highly-intellectual musician played by Ethan Hawke and Stiller's character, Michael, who is described accurately by Troy as a "yuppie-head cheeseball," who promises to turn her home videos into a documentary.
"Reality Bites" also starred Janeane Garofalo as Lelaina's promiscuous roommate Vicki and Steve Zahn as their friend Sammy.