New ‘Clueless’ TV Series In Development By CBS
US TV can’t stop the remakes, and the latest one to be put into development is 90s film ‘Clueless’. However, this will be a much darker take on the property than we’ve seen before…
The original 1995 ‘Clueless’ film was a coming-of-age romantic comedy, which followed Alicia Silverstone as Cher Horowitz, the popular, blonde Valley Girl, along with her best friend Dionne Davenport (Stacey Dash), who “adopt” the “tragically unhip” new girl at school, Tai Frasier (Brittany Murphy) and give her a makeover. Cher soon comes to realise that her rather vain and superficial way of thinking might not be the best way to travel through life. It’s a fun, entertaining, light-hearted comedy, whereas this new iteration plans on taking things in a very different direction…
Described as “Mean Girls meets Riverdale”, this new take, set in present-day LA, will see Dionne as the main character, whilst Cher has gone missing. It is a baby-pink and bisexual blue-tinted, tiny sunglasses-wearing, oat milk latte and Adderall-fueled look at what happens when the high school queen bee Cher disappears and her lifelong number two, Dionne, steps into Cher’s vacant Air Jordans. How does Dionne deal with the pressures of being the new most popular girl in school, while also unravelling the mystery of what happened to her best friend?
The show comes from ‘Will & Grace’ writers Jordan Reddout and Gus Hickey, and is exec produced by Corinne Brinkerhoff (‘American Gothic’, ‘No Tomorrow’), Tiffany Grant, and Robert Lawrence (who produced the original film).
This isn’t the first time ‘Clueless’ has been on TV, as there was a tv series back in 1996, with Rachel Blanchard replacing Silverstone as Cher due to the latter being unavailable. There have also been previous attempts to reboot the property, including one last year from ‘Girls Trip’ writer Tracy Oliver, but it failed to go anywhere.
It’s still very early days for this potential ‘Clueless’ reboot, but we’ll let you know should it make it to pilot or series.
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