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It looks like those Heathers are headed to television

by Jason Hughes, posted Aug 27th 2009 2:04PM
HeathersMaybe it's because I was a teenager when it came out, but Heathers still stands as one of those few movies that I really remember and connected with. I'm kind of on the fence with this news that Fox and Sony are developing Heathers for television, though.

In the film Winona Ryder's character Veronica goes from being a "Heather," the popular clique in the school, to systematically murdering them and making their deaths look like suicides. Suddenly, suicide becomes the "in" thing. And all of this because she was tricked into doing so by the new "bad boy" in town.

Ultimately standing up to him, Veronica does the right thing in the theatrical ending, but there's lots of death, suicide attempts and darkness along the way. I'm not sure how well that translates to TV, though Buffy the Vampire Slayer had lots of death and darkness in a high school and it did okay. There's a way to do a very serious story about the emotional turmoil and cruelty of high school, but it's a tightrope that has to be walked very carefully.

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No worries. Jenny Bicks (Sex in the City, Men in Trees) is helming this-she'll transfer it tastefully.

August 27 2009 at 8:52 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
laura

Veronica never becomes a Heather in the movie.

August 27 2009 at 3:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
bcarter3

"...a very serious story about the emotional turmoil and cruelty of high school..."

Well, maybe on one level. But "Heathers" was a comedy. A black comedy, sure, but a brilliant and hilarious one.

I've also got mixed feelings, too, but that's because I question the need for a remake of a near-perfect combination of a superb script and a wonderful cast giving the best performances of their lives.

Side note: If the original "Heathers" had never been made, would we have had "Buffy" and "My So-Called Life"?

August 27 2009 at 2:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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