So harsh: Clueless remake in the works from GLOW, Girls Trip scribes

The 1995 cult classic CLUELESS is, like, totally a beloved 90s gem that would never in a million years never get a remake or anything like that, right? Please, as if. The movie will be the latest fan favorite from the decade to get the remake treatment, this one coming from Paramount with GLOW writer Marquita Robinson on the script and GIRLS TRIP writer Tracy Oliver producing. Guys, this is seriously harsh news and, honestly, I’m kind of buggin’ right now.

Deadline got the scoop about the remake, so as of now the details are scarce. They aren’t sure if the movie will bring back the original characters and simply update them or if it will be a fresh take for the new generation, simply taking on the title. An assumption can be made it will be the latter, and the filmmakers may attempt to center the movie around teens affected by the modern world of social media, cell phones and, like, vinyl becoming a thing again.

The original movie from Amy Heckerling starred Alicia Silverstone as Cher Horowitz, a teen girl born into wealth and luxury in Beverly Hills and who is trying to navigate the rough waters of high school and love (with her stepbrother!), all while looking fabulous doing it. A loose adaptation of the Jane Austen novel “Emma,” the movie went on to earn solid reviews and make $56 million domestically, becoming a hit with the Gen Xers of the day. Even 23 years later the movie has a legion of fans, becoming one of the hallmark classics of the 90s.  

After the movie’s success, it made stars out of Silverstone (who went on to have a role in BATMAN & ROBIN) and the rest of the cast, including Paul Rudd, Brittany Murphy, Dan Hedaya, Stacey Dash, Donald Faison, and Breckin Meyer. A 1996 TV show was made out of the movie, running for 62 episodes across three seasons. Now a new CLUELESS Off-Broadway musical is set to debut soon, with Dove Cameron in the role as Cher.

Now, obviously, the word remake is enough to make the body shutter, especially when it comes to a movie like CLUELESS. Even if the writers can find a unique angle on the material, the real question is, should they? I mean, we already have plenty of great, modern movies out about teens, including THE PERKS OF BEING A WALLFLOWER, EASY A, ME AND EARL AND THE DYING GIRL, EDGE OF SEVENTEEN and this year’s LOVE, SIMON, EIGHTH GRADE and THE HATE U GIVE, some of the best-reviewed movies of the year. Do we really need to mine old movies just to make them feel modern for younger audiences, with the big aim, no doubt, to capitalize on a wave of nostalgia? Like, hello, people!

Source: Deadline



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