Continuing in the dodgy tradition of adapting feature films for the small screen, The Fox Network announced recently that they plan to develop director Michael Lehmann and scribe Daniel Waters’ impossibly dark high school comedy “Heathers” as a possible weekly series. The project is spearheaded by writers Mark Rizzo and Jenny Bicks, and will be produced in conjunction with Sony Pictures TV and Lakeshore Entertainment, the latter of which currently owns the rights to “Heathers.”
The original film stars Winona Ryder and Christian Slater as a pair of social outcasts who begin picking off a snotty group of girls collectively known as “The Heathers.” To keep these accidental murders a secret, the duo cleverly disguise them as suicides. As per usual, things begin to quickly spiral out of control. Most of the characters from the movie are expected to appear in the series.
Naturally, I’m a little skeptical, especially when you stop to consider how many of these film-to-television adaptations have actually worked. At the moment, “10 Things I Hate About You” seems to be doing well for ABC Family, but the season is still very young. One only needs to investigate such epic failures as “Ferris Bueller” and “Harry and the Hendersons” to discover that sometimes this isn’t a very good idea. Who knows — Maybe we’ll have another “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” or “M.A.S.H.” on our hands. Then again, we may get something along the lines of “The Crow.” Perish the thought.