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There's Not Going to Be a TV Adaptation of 'Heathers' Any Time Soon

Photo of Alison Willmore By Alison Willmore | Indiewire August 8, 2013 at 8:23AM

Back in September, Bravo announced it had a TV adaptation of "Heathers," Michael Lehmann and Daniel Waters' sharp, infinitely quotable 1988 black comedy, in development as a potential series. The project came from Mark Rizzo and "Men in Trees" creator Jenny Bicks, who had first brought the idea to Fox in 2009, though it didn't make it very far.
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'Heathers'
'Heathers'

In September, Bravo announced it had a TV adaptation of "Heathers," Michael Lehmann and Daniel Waters' sharp, infinitely quotable 1988 black comedy, in development as a potential series. The project came from Mark Rizzo and "Men in Trees" creator Jenny Bicks, who had first brought the idea to Fox in 2009, though back then it didn't make it very far.

The plan was to pick up two decades after the film, with Veronica (the character played by Winona Ryder) returning home to Sherwood with her teenage daughter and dealing with the Ashleys, a generation of mean girls made up of the daughters of a few of the Heathers.

But the "Heather" series is once again dead, however, according to Kate Aurthur at Buzzfeed, who reports that, although Bravo would not comment, a source close to the project has confirmed that the network has opted not to proceed with it. Suicide humor is, perhaps, tricky to translate to the small screen.

Bravo has plenty of other scripted series in development, including a modern day take on "Bleak House" from "Smash" creator Theresa Rebeck, a supernatural drama from "Nobody Walks" director Ry Russo-Young and playwright Dorothy Fortenberry, an adaptation of "Death Becomes Her" and a yoga/self-help story from "City Island" filmmaker Raymond De Felitta. And while "Heathers: The TV Series" is no more, ABC's "Suburgatory" does manage to occupy a similar if less bleak/edgy realm of teen satire.

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