This just in: Paramount Pictures is in the early stages of developing a remake of the 1995 Beverly Hills coming-of-age comedy Clueless.
Lots of gay men and Gen Xers loved the original — partly for its infinitely quotable lines and partly for featuring one of the first openly gay characters in a mainstream teen comedy.
But Twitter seems divided by the idea.
If you’ll remember, the original was loosely based on Jane Austen’s 1815 novel Emma. It featured Alicia Silverstone as Cher, a flirty and superficial high schooler who finds love while playing matchmaker for her pals.
The film made $56 million off of its $10 million budget and introduced one of the first openly gay characters in a mainstream teen movie, Christian, a stylish love interest who Cher mistook for straight.
The potential reboot will be written by Marquita Robinson —the writer behind the Netflix female wrestling series GLOW and the FOX comedy TV series New Girl — and produced by Tracy Oliver, a writer and producer of The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl and the upcoming TV series of The First Wives Club.
Two black women leading the reboot would possibly bring a more diverse and modern sensibility to the beloved classic.
But not everyone is excited about the prospect:
If they're going to reboot Clueless and tell the same story, they should still cast Paul Rudd as the 18 year old step brother, since he looks exactly how he did in 1995.
— Rick Quaresma (@notsoevilrick) October 25, 2018
What's good about Clueless is entirely tied to its era, its fashion, its playful dialogue with a youth culture that has now entirely shifted in tone. You may as well remake the Macarena.
— Guy Lodge (@GuyLodge) October 25, 2018
They’re remaking Clueless.
Just fucking kill me now and be done with it.
— Hazel Hayes (@TheHazelHayes) October 26, 2018
— ? Marjorie ?? (@MissMarjo92) October 25, 2018
I’ve heard that they are re-booting Pirates of the Caribbean and remaking Clueless, 23 years on. MAKE SOMETHING NEW. There is so much out there that would be wonderful for film and TV. Read some books, producer people. Whole new worlds await you!
— D H H (@DavidHHeadley) October 26, 2018
no, traditional media, remaking everything that was once good and ruining all nostalgia will not save you from your impending doom. #clueless is good the way it is.
— Safiya Nygaard (@safiyajn) October 26, 2018
I don't want a remake of Clueless.
— Santa Claus, CEO ?? (@SantaInc) October 25, 2018
Although not everyone is against the idea.
— Tracy Y. Oliver (@TracyYOliver) October 25, 2018
you: omg I'm so sick of remakes
me, an intellectual: I'm so excited for female written/female directed Emma adaption and female written/female directed Clueless remake!
— Chelsea ?? (@chelsdawnf) October 26, 2018
i will only accept the clueless remake if im casted in it pic.twitter.com/TZ4R0im8aA
— lois lane (@Iuthorcorp) October 26, 2018
ummmmmmmm I'm actually A HUNDO P BEHIND a remake of #Clueless. I THINK THEY COULD BE REALLY GREAT COMPANION PIECES TO ONE ANOTHER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I THINK THIS IS AN EXAMPLE OF A GREAT REBOOT okay that's enough caps i'm just so hyped sorry sorry
— Alicia Lutes (@alicialutes) October 25, 2018
I will only support a Clueless remake if it is called Erasing The Memory Of Stacey Dash.
— Louis Virtel (@louisvirtel) October 25, 2018
That last tweet from gay comedian Louis Virtel refers to Stacey Dash, the Clueless actress-turned-Trump supporter who played Cher’s best friend in the film.
In a 2016 interview, Dash implied that trans people are child rapists. Later that year, she said that Black History Month shouldn’t exist. In 2017, she said we shouldn’t judge neo-Nazis. Talk about clueless.
But regardless of how they feel about a reboot, fans should know that it isn’t the only revival of the 1995 film. In 2017, Boom! Comics released a comic book sequel starring the film’s original characters. And there’s also an Off-Broadway musical adaptation of the film set to open on December 11.