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Clueless Is Getting A Remake And It’s Set To Be A ‘Baby Pink And Bisexual, Tiny Sunglasses-Wearing’ Look At High School

The 90s cult classic ‘Clueless’, is a source of timeless fashion and high school drama, even to this day. The film gave us a style icon and a whole valley-girl inspired vocabulary that is still quotable in 2019 —exhibit A: ‘Ugh, as if!’. And since we’re already knee-high deep in nostalgia, this piece of news will brighten your day: Clueless is getting a reboot and it’s being described as a “baby pink and bisexual blue-tinted, tiny sunglasses-wearing, oat milk latte, and Adderall-fueled” look at high school, and omg, we’re totally buggin’.

The 90s classic is being made with a different generation in mind, and there will be no Cher involved. 

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Remake fever has fallen on Clueless. The 90s classic reimagining of Jane Austen’s ‘Emma’, which is based around Alicia Silverstone as spoiled but well-meaning Beverly Hills posh girl Cher and her high school adventures. The remake though is being made with another generation in mind —Gen Z— and this version will focus, not on the Alaïa-wearing airhead-like Cher Horowitz, but her sassy best friend, Dionne —formerly played by Stacey Dash in the original 1995 film. 

The new Clueless project won’t be a film, but rather a reimagined TV show.

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‘Girls Trip’ writer Tracy Oliver is producing, with a script by Marquita Robson, the writer of women’s wrestling Netflix show, GLOW. Oliver made sure that fans were aware that this Clueless project will be a new version of the story, not a continuation of the original film. Additionally, the project is set to be a TV series rather than a new film, written by Jordan Reddout and Gus Hickey —the writers behind another 90s classic, Will & Grace. 

Bye-Bye Cher, it’s the Dione show now.

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Clueless 2.0 could best be described as ‘Mean Girls meets Riverdale meets a Lizzo music video’ according to Deadline. The plot explores what happens when “high school queen bee Cher disappears and her long-life number two, Dionne, steps into Cher’s vacant Air Jordans.” So there will be no Cher —it’s the Dionne show now.

And, fyi, this wouldn’t be the first Clueless TV series, the first one aired after the film’s success in the late 90s.

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The 1995 feature starred by Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy and dreamy Paul Rudd, was written and directed by Amy Heckerling, who also created another Clueless TV show back in the nineties —ICYMI. After the success of the movie in 1995, Paramount Network Television launched a half-hour comedy series, which ran for three seasons from 1996 to 1999. 

The Clueless TV series followed the movie’s premise, recounting Cher’s adventures as a student at Bronson Alcott High in Beverly Hills, CA and her romantic and academic antics. The series starred Rachel Blanchard as Cher, since Silverstone was too busy being Batgirl in 1997. Many of the actors from the movie appeared in the TV series, including Dionne, Mr. Hall, Miss Geist, Amber and Murray.

The movie has been turned into TV shows, books, it’s been referenced in music videos and fashion collections, it even inspired an Off-Broadway musical.

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The movie’s legacy has included a TV spinoff that ran three seasons, a series of YA novels, and Iggy Azalea music video that pays homage and the publication of a 20th-anniversary oral history book. Add to that a musical that was in development for more than a decade, with Heckerling writing the script, plus lyrics to around 25 repurposed chart hits from the ‘90s. It was probably too much to hope that this recycled iteration could recapture the original’s amazingness, so it wasn’t much of a surprise when it didn’t. 

The musical opened Off-Broadway at The Pershing Square Signature Center on November of 2018. The show had a very small run until January of this year. Clueless, The Musical, received mixed reviews. Frank Rizzo of Variety called the narrative “lightweight” but praised the overall look. He praised the design, costumes, and choreography as well. David Rooney of The Hollywood Reporter found the show “hit-or-miss”. Rooney praised that the show stuck closely to the original’s plot but criticized that there was no element of surprise. Rooney wrote that “in comparison to other teen classics retooled for the stage, like Mean Girls, Heathers: The Musical or Bring It On, the show rarely steps out from the shadow of its screen source with anything new to offer.” So the production closed down after a very shortly lived run. 

It was about time a young black woman was given the protagonist role of a teen series.

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In an interview in June, Oliver spoke to Vulture about the remake, noting that this story would be a “reimagining” of the film, focusing on a “2019 or a 2020 version of a group of teens that would be the Clueless for this generation.” Whatever happens, we’re excited to see a young black woman take the wheel of a teen mystery series. It’s a rare thing and it was about time. Hopefully, this reimagining of the 90s classic does better than the musical rendition did. 

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