Well, fuck me gently with a chainsaw!
It looks like the current trend of adapting horror movies into TV shows has become a full-fledged phenomenon—a veritable small-screen revolution! Add Heathers to the ever-growing list! Okay, Heathers isn’t a horror movie (or even a horror comedy) but the irreverent film (released in 1988) has a body count to rival most teen-slashers. And besides, for Horror Freaks who came of age during the 1980’s, Heathers was essential viewing!
It’s getting the TV series treatment over at TV Land. The Hollywood Reporter announced this afternoon:
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.
Written by Jason Micallef (Butter), the single-camera entry hails from Lakeshore Entertainment’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi. Insiders say the anthology component will be similar to FX’s Fargo and feature a new group of “Heathers” — no matter the setting. Production on the pilot is expected to begin in the fall.
In the original Heathers (directed by Michael Lehmann): Veronica (Winona Ryder) is part of the most popular clique at her high school, but she disapproves of the other girls’ cruel behavior. When Veronica and her new boyfriend, J.D. (Christian Slater), confront clique leader Heather Chandler (Kim Walker) and accidentally poison her, they make it appear a suicide. Soon Veronica realizes that J.D. is intentionally killing students he does not like. She races to stop J.D. while also clashing with the clique’s new leader, Heather Duke (Shannen Doherty).