Teen movies reached their peak in 1999. It was the year Joseph Gordon-Levitt paid Heath Ledger to take Julia Stiles on a date, Freddie Prinze Jr. made a bet he could turn Rachael Leigh Cook into prom queen, and Sarah Michelle Gellar challenged Ryan Phillippe to take Reese Witherspoon's virginity. It was also the year Rose McGowan gagged her bestie to death in the cult classic Jawbreaker.
The dark teen comedy joins Cruel Intentions and Heathers in recieveing a modern TV adaptation. Writer/director Darren Stein returns to write and executive produce the hourlong pilot for E! with George Northy. The duo worked together previously on gay teen comedy GBF.
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"We're taking the candy-colored macabre tone of the film and bringing it into a soapier adult world," Stein told OUT of the Jawbreaker pilot. "Winning prom queen means getting your own reality show."
The E! reimagining takes place in the fame-driven culture of Beverly Hills. It features a new group of friends who become accessories in an accidental killing at a bachelorette party. Campy chaos ensues as the women struggle to keep their secret.
Stein was not yet able to confirm if any of the original cast will make cameos.