Unfortunately, if you were looking forward to the television reboot of the 1988 cult-classic film Heathers, you might be out of luck. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the reboot has been scrapped by Paramount Network.
Originally scheduled to premiere on March 7th, the network first pushed back that date due to the show’s violent content in the wake of the Parkland, Florida mass school shooting which had taken place just weeks prior. After the initial decision was made to push back the premiere of Heathers, a new date was never set for the series. Heathers was supposed to kick off with a 10-episode season set in a present-day high school with an updated twist to the classic 80s film characters.
Paramount Network president of development and production Keith Cox spoke with THR on the subject. Cox said:
[row]”This is a high school show, we’re blowing up the school, there are guns in the school, it’s a satire and there are moments of teachers having guns. It’s hitting on so many hot topics. This company can’t be speaking out of both sides of its mouth, saying the youth movement is important for us and we’ve done all these wonderful things to support that and at the same time, we’re putting on a show that we’re not comfortable with. The combination of a high school show with these very dark moments didn’t feel right.”[/row]
The first season of the series had been completed for quite some time and work on the second season had already begun. There is a possibility, however, that Heathers could still live on if another network were to pick up the series. Word is that the show is currently being shopped around with hopes of finding a new home.
What do you think about Heathers being scrapped by Paramount Network? Would you watch the series if it were to find a home on a new network? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below.
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