Heathers pilot ordered by TV Land
Lick it up, baby. Lick it up: TV Land has greenlit a pilot for Heathers.
The prospective show — which is an adaptation of 1988’s iconic high school-set black comedy starring Winona Ryder, Shannen Doherty, and Christian Slater — will be an anthology series taking place in current day, and “our heroine deals with a very different but equally vicious group of Heathers,” reads the network’s announcement on Tuesday.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the news, the Heathers you know have been updated: Heather McNamara (played by Lisanne Falk in the movie) is now a black lesbian, Heather Duke (Doherty in the film) is a male identifying as gender-queer (and Heather’s real name is Heath); and Heather Chandler (Kim Walker in the original) “has a body like Martha Dumptruck.”
The pilot will be directed by Sleeping With Other People’s Leslye Headland, and written by Butter‘s Jason Micallef. Tom Rosenberg and Garry Lucchesi are serving as executive producers.
Heathers, which scored a script deal from TV Land in March, is slated to begin production later this year. In years past, Bravo and Fox had developed TV adaptations of Heathers — both from Sex and The City writer/producer Jenny Bicks — but neither made it to air.