Just 9 months after NBC announced it would reboot classic 90’s teen drama ‘Clueless’ in the form of a series for its streaming service Peacock (as we reported here), the network’s revealed it’s pulled the plug on the venture.
“…the streaming service is totally buggin’ on the planned mystery-themed revival of the classic 1995 movie, and will not move forward with developing the project into a TV series with CBS Television Studios.
Initially billed as “a baby pink and bisexual blue-tinted, tiny sunglasses-wearing, oat milk latté, and Adderall-fueled look” at the lives of several California teens as they navigate the rise of a new leader, Dionne (played by Stacey Dash in the Amy Heckerling-directed film), in the wake of the disappearance of their high school’s former queen bee, Cher (a role originated by Alicia Silverstone).”
Jordan Reddout and Gus Hickey (responsible for ‘Will & Grace’ and more) penned the script for the revival, but Peacock execs Frances Berwick and Susan Rovner recently nixed it.
While the new iteration of the plot would be unique as it would see “Dionne” (portrayed by Stacey Dash) as its focal character, longtime fans of the iconic 1995 film know this isn’t the first time it’s been rebooted in TV form. In 1996, CBS Studios attempted a TV series based on ‘Clueless’ but canceled it after a one season run on ABC. It was revived at UPN for an additional two seasons before being put out to pasture in 1999.