“Dear Diary, my teen-angst bullshit now has a body count.”
Paramount Network have announced a new premiere date for the highly-anticipated TV adaptation of the 1988 cult classic Heathers, which replaces the stereotypical ‘popular girl’ trio with a plus-size woman, a black woman, and a gender-queer individual.
The new series was originally supposed to premiere back in March, but following the tragic mass high school shooting in Parkland, Florida on February 14, Paramount Network announced that they would push it back.
“While we stand firmly behind the show, in light of the recent tragic events in Florida and out of respect for the victims, their families and loved ones, we feel the right thing to do is delay the premiere until later this year,” the network said.
It was announced this week that the “pitch-black” comedy series will now premiere 10 July on the Paramount Network.
Just when you thought it was safe to leave your house wearing jorts.
— Heathers (@Heatherstv) May 1, 2018
The original, iconic 80s film starred Winona Ryder as Veronica Sawyer, Christina Slater as J.D, with Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk and Kim Walker as the infamous Heathers.
Its premise followed the only non-Heather of the group, Veronica Sawyer, as she embarks on a rampage against the school after falling for Christian Slater’s sociopathic character. Because love equals murder, duh.
Heathers received critical acclaim upon release, and has influenced other films in the teenage comedy/drama genre such as Jawbreaker and Mean Girls. Oh, and it was also adapted into a musical, and now, a TV reboot. See? Iconic.
Paramount Network called the new series a “satirical comedy that takes creative risks in dealing with many of society’s most challenging subjects ranging from personal identity to race and socio-economic status to gun violence”.
You can watch the trailer below.