Thursday, August 27, 2009

Oh No. Oh God, No. Part II: What's Your Damage?

With the thought of an American adaptation of Skins still causing me grief, Variety has added to my teen remake angst in reporting that Fox and Sony are seeking to adapt 1989 cult classic Heathers for television. While the article is a little unclear as to whether the project is a sequel or a revision, and for that matter, whether or not it's a series or made-for-TV movie ("We had the title, and talked about doing a film remake at times," said Lakeshore prexy Gary Lucchesi. "But doing it for TV seemed like a fresh and original idea.""), the intent alone is enough to leave me wary. The original film, if you haven't seen it, is a black comedy in which a teen pair (Winona Ryder and Christian Slater) take to sabotaging their high school's social structure via murders disguised as suicides. Again, we have a Skins scenario, where the content of the original will likely never be able to fly on the new network. Seriously, it's not that i think a Heathers TV-show is the worst idea ever, it could probably be done (and with less distracting 80's attire). Ryan Murphy accomplished something to that effect on network television with the supercamp Popular, but the result was so tongue-in-cheek it turned a lot of people off. So, the question is: can Heathers be done in network primetime?

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