TV Land is moving forward on a pilot order for Heathers based on the popular 1989 film starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. Jason Micallef (Butter) wrote the pilot script and Gary Lucchesi and Tom Rosenberg are on board as executive producers. Heathers marks TV Land’s first anthology series and, according to the announcement, will be set in the present day.
The Heathers Plot: Dating a murderous psychopath and figuring out what to wear to your best friend’s suicide are typical teen problems for Veronica Sawyer.
Heathers the movie was written by Daniel Waters (Vampire Academy, Hudson Hawk) and directed by Michael Lehmann (Californication, True Blood). Set in a high school, the group of mean girls featured in the cult comedy was known as the Heathers and were played by Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, and Kim Walker. In the TV series, Veronica (played by Winona Ryder in the film), will be taking on a “very different but equally vicious group of Heathers.” There’s no word yet on who will play Veronica in the series or who will co-stars as any of the Heathers.
Heathers won an Independent Spirit award as Best First Feature for director Lehmann and producer Denise Di Novi. It was also nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the 1989 Sundance Film Festival. The film only grossed $1.1 million domestically during its theatrical run but went on to be a bestseller on DVD. It’s considered to be one of the best high school films in Hollywood history.