I have a love-hate relationship with reboots.
Think of them as bad Tinder dates: promising in pictures, disappointing in person. CW’s “Riverdale” is enough of a testament to reboots’ reputation. I thought I was getting my generation’s “Twin Peaks,” then it did… well… you know what they did.
So when I heard that a TV remake of the ’95 teen sleeper hit “Clueless” clueless was in the works, I had to put my foot down.
The modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s “Emma” is getting revived for the Gen Z audience. And yeah, it’s going to be a new TV series. Go fucking figure.
According to Variety, the unnamed “Clueless” series is currently in development by NBC’s streaming service Peacock. It’s set to focus on Dionne becoming the new queen bee of the school after Cher’s disappearance. Okay, that’s unnecessarily a lot.
Dazed described this makeover as “baby pink and bisexual blue-tinted, tiny sunglasses-wearing, oat milk latte and Adderall-fueled look at what happens when the high school queen bee Cher disappears and her lifelong number two Dionne steps into Cher’s vacant Air Jordans.”
Supposedly, the OG producer of “Clueless” is coming on board. At least that’s something to look forward to. Plus, we get to see Dionne as the main character for once. I’m really clutching my pearls here in hopes this show would at least break the racist “black best friend” trope.
What worries me most is that they have big shoes to fill. Come on, y’all—“Clueless” is an iconic teen institution. From its sickening wardrobe choices to cementing Paul Rudd as a certified hottie, they have a lot to prove with this attempt.
Can they pull those off? Can they produce another Paul Rudd? Probably not. And that’s where the problem lies.
Anyway, here’s the trailer for “Clueless” in case you only know it as that movie Iggy Azalea (barf) paid homage to:
Still from “Clueless”