No Heathers Sequel?


Outside of the usual slasher formula, one of my favourite ‘killing teenagers’ movies from the eighties was Heathers, a black comedy which introduced audiences to the coolest pair from the ‘brat pack’ – Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. Released back in 1989, the movie was directed by first-timer Michael Lehmann and penned by Daniel Waters (who would later work on Batman Returns).

The film told of a group of spoilt students at Westerburg High School in Columbus, Ohio, known as the ‘Heathers.’ These include Heather Chandler (the late Kim Walker), Heather McNamara (Lisanne Falk) and Heather Duke (Shannon Doherty), who have invited former nerd Veronica Sawyer (Ryder) into their ranks. Disillusioned with her new fake life, she finds comfort in the arms of rebel J.D. (Slater), and when she starts to develop the urge to rid the school of their negative influence, J.D.’s methods turn somewhat homicidal.

Over the years, there has been talk that a sequel may one day be in the works. On the documentary Swatch Dogs And Diet Cokeheads that was included on the Anchor Bay disc, the principal cast members and Waters all expressed interest in making a second Heathers film. And with both Slater and Ryder’s careers not what they were twenty years ago, perhaps this what they both needed to regain some credibility.

But recently Lehmann was asked during an interview if there will ever be a new movie, sadly his response was not very positive. “Winona’s been talking about this for years – she brings it up every once in a while and Dan Waters and I will joke about it, but as far as I know there’s no script and no plans to do the sequel,” says the filmmaker, who followed Heathers with a string of disappointing efforts (Meet the Applegates, Hudson Hawk, 40 Days and 40 Nights).

“A couple weeks ago everyone started talking about it and I guess Winona said the movie was gonna get made, and I thought, “I don’t know, maybe they did this without me?” But I got in touch with Dan Waters and he said he didn’t know anything about it. So I don’t think there’s any truth to it.”


Source: Movieline

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7 Responses to “ No Heathers Sequel? ”

  1. Aw man. Now this hurts me. “Heathers” is probably my favorite movie and I’ve dreamt about a sequel for years.

  2. Agreed, I always hoped there would be another one!

  3. Never really considered Ryder of Slater from the brat pack but will agree with you that Heathers was one heck of a film!!! Do you really want a sequel this many years later though? I think the movie stands alone just fine and a sequel would be unnecessary my self. But I will admit it would be intriguing to see the characters in their 40’s, but like I said it is unnecessary in my opinion.

  4. This would be a dream come true! But knowing how Hollywood is now days we could only get a REMAKE…I pray that never happens!!!

  5. You took the words out of my mouth… if they don’t do a sequel someone will end up remaking it. And that someone will probably turn out to be Michael Bay. I reckon if they hadn’t made the awful sequel to The Lost Boys they’d have remade that by now. I’d rather have a crap sequel than a remake, at least then it’s a different film.

    And it would be cool to see them back together again. Slater kinda returned to the role with Very Bad Things, another great psycho role!

  6. Christian,

    You took the words right out of my mouth. I would rather see 10 shitty sequels than a remake. But, for some reason, sequels to older horror movies doesn’t sale anymore. It was different back in the 80’s, everything was can this movie be turned into a franchise? Now it’s, does this movie have remake potential? It’s sad.

    And, Very Bad Things was Slater at his craziest. Another good Slater psycho role is Twisted from the early 80’s when he was just barely a teenager and he’s stalking the babysitter. Creepy stuff.

  7. Has Twisted even been given a decent release? I remember it from way back when but when I saw it I thought it was officially unreleased. I used to love his rebel movies when he was younger, especially Pump Up the Volume!

    Heathers is a movie I love returning to from time to time. He was pretty good in He Was a Quiet Man, balding with a moustache and a total nerdy creep.

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