Dust off your sweater set and get ready to live the teen dream, because Jawbreaker, the cult ’90s film that’s kind of like a low budget Heathers or a more murder-y Mean Girls, is on track to be adapted into a TV show. According to Deadline, E! has put the project into development. Darren Stein, the film’s director, is slated to write and direct the show alongside producer George Northy.
It’s likely this will go one of two ways: either a hilarious homage that introduces a whole new generation to the classic story of three girls who “accidentally” kill their best friend with a piece of candy or a total affront to the classic campy film. The fact that Stein is signed onto the project gives me great hope, but the fact that TV adaptations are often pretty brutal does not.
The show will reportedly also get a slight plot update: “Set in the fame-obsessed world of Beverly Hills … The adaptation follows a new clique whose world is rocked by an accidental killing at a bachelorette party.” I’m not sure who exactly is having bachelorette parties in high school, so maybe that means a collegiate — or gasp! young professional — makeover? Interesting.
The film starred Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart, Julie Benz and Judy Greer — an all-star cast, to say the least — so casting won’t be easy. I can see someone like Bella Thorne in the Rose McGowan role and maybe Chloe Grace Moretz as the Judy Greer character? Or perhaps they’ll make like Pretty Little Liars (which definitely also owes something to the film) and cast a bunch of gorgeous unknowns. As long as Rose McGowan makes a cameo at some point, it’s all okay with me.