Every generation gets the bitchy teenager comedy classic they deserve. My era had Lindsay Lohan’s career-defining Mean Girls to endlessly reference; this one has Pretty Little Liars, or maybe Awkward. (A decade past the target demographic, how can I be sure?) Looking a little farther back, Winona Ryder’s Heathers was the template from which these premises sprang, a richly funny black comedy featuring immaculately coiffed ladies, slang coinage, and Christian Slater before he got all cracked out. You’d think that it would be firmly ensconced in pop culture lore, having come out almost 25 years ago. But no! Per The Hollywood Reporter, Bravo is apparently developing a follow-up TV show to the film. As they write:
In the updated take, Heathers picks up 20 years later, with Veronica (Ryder’s character) returning home to Sherwood with her teenage daughter, who must contend with the next generation of mean girls: the Ashleys: the daughters of the surviving Heathers.
So: Definitely a take off on Mean Girls, then? And not really the most original concept in the world, nor really tied to Heathers outside of the name and the character connections? How very appropriate. But I admit, it would be fun to see Ryder reprise her role, inasmuch as anything on Bravo could be deemed “fun.” It’s merely in development for now, which means we wouldn’t see a return until next year. In the meantime, that Blu-Ray copy of Heathers awaits, so that we might meditate on each and every one of Ryder’s pores.