After years of rumors about a leap to the stage, Clueless is finally closer to becoming a musical, according to the film’s creator.
Director and writer Amy Heckerling revealed in an interview with Entertainment Tonight that a stage adaptation of her 1995 comedy is actually underway, with Heckerling herself writing the book of the show.
The director also shared her plans that Clueless would be a jukebox musical, meaning that the show will pull music ostensibly from the ‘90s (“Rollin’ with the Homies” should almost certainly make the cut) rather than craft an original score. So don’t go writing your dream lyrics to “As If” just yet.
Heckerling has long been at work on the musical, at one point even throwing Katy Perry’s name into the mix of individuals who have expressed interest in the project. (In that same interview with Vulture, Heckerling had supposedly written lyrics, too, suggesting an original score was once in play.) A different musical version written by John Dempsey, Stephen Trask, and Peter Yanowitz planned a reading back in 2009, but never materialized afterwards.
No timeline is set, and no other details are circulating save for Heckerling’s reveal that she hopes the show will eventually come to Broadway.
Clueless is right at home with a recent offering of musicals based on classic teen flicks. Heathers: The Musical premiered Off Broadway in 2014 and, much like its film counterpart, was financially unsuccessful but found strong footing with fans. Meanwhile, Tina Fey and Jeff Richmond are hard at work on a Mean Girls musical which hopes to workshop later this year.