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The 1988 cult classic HEATHERS is getting the small screen treatment with Sleeping with Other People director Leslye Headland at the helm — but it will be taking a slightly different route from the original.
TV Land has given a pilot order for the television adaptation of Heathers, but it will follow the on-trend format of the anthology. Much like FX’s Fargo, the plan is for the series to feature a new group of “Heathers” each season.
The original film was written by Daniel Waters and directed by Michael Lehmann and centered on Veronica (Winona Ryder) and rebel boyfriend J.D. (Christian Slater) as they go through the trials and tribulations of dealing with the social order in high school — particularly with the original “mean girls” known as the “Heathers.”
The pilot will take place in present day and put the spotlight on a new set of popular-yet-evil Heathers, but unlike the original, it’s the outcasts that have become high school royalty. Heather McNamara (originally played by Lisanne Falk) will be a black lesbian while Shannen Doherty’s Heather Duke will be a male who identifies as gender-queer whose real name is Heath. Rounding out the trio is Kim Walker’s Heather Chandler who has a plus-sized body type like the ridiculed Martha Dumptruck in the original.
Jason Micallef is set to write the single-cam pilot from Lakeshore Entertainment’s Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi. Production is expected to begin this fall.
Headland made her feature directorial debut with the comedy Bachelorette starring Kristen Dunst, Isla Fisher, and Lizzy Caplan. She also wrote the reboot of About Last Night.
She is repped by UTA.
Dino-Ray Ramos | Staff Writer
This news was first reported by The Hollywood Reporter.