A “Clueless” reboot is coming soon.
According to Variety, Peacock has acquired the rights to a Clueless reboot centering around the character Dionne.
The untitled comedy is described as “a baby pink and bisexual blue-tinted, tiny sun-glasses wearing, oat milk latte and Adderall-fueled look at what happens when queen bee Cher disappears and her lifelong number two Dionne steps into Cher’s vacant Air Jordans. How does Dionne deal with the pressures of being the new most popular girl in school, while also unraveling the mystery of what happened to her best friend?”
The movie version of “Clueless” debuted in 1995 and starred Alicia Silverstone as Cher and Stacey Dash playing Dionne. A TV version aired on ABC and UPN from 1996 to 1999 for three seasons.
Jordan Reddout and Gus Hickey will work together as the show’s writers and executive producers on the show. CBS Television will produce the project. Jordan Reddout and Gus Hickey previously worked on the NBC reboot Will & Grace and The Muppets and Grown-ish.
As Variety pointed out, this is the latest series reboot with female-focused Black characters. Tracee Ellis Ross will have the voice of the lead character in the upcoming animated comedy Jodie which is a spinoff of MTV’s Daria.
In related news, the show first started out as a T.V. pilot that was later rejected by Fox. In addition, Fox wanted the movie to be more about the guys and less about the girls. In fact, producers took the early script to Fox’s film department, and the execs liked it but wanted the script to “be geared more towards the [male characters], and I had problems with that,” Heckerling said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
She added Dave Chappelle nearly landed a role on the series saying, “I met people who were out there at the time and I had talked to Mel Brooks who had just done Men in Tights, and there was a guy in there that I thought was amazing, Dave Chappelle, and Mel couldn’t be more effusive and saying, he’s going to be so big, he’s amazing… I met Dave at a restaurant and he blew me away but I was looking for someone who was a totally naive puppy, and Dave Chappelle was such a mensch, not to say he isn’t a wonderful actor.”
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