Amy Heckerling has confirmed that a musical version of Clueless is in the works, sparking celebration among '80s kids throughout North America. Speaking to Entertainment Tonight, the 61-year-old writer revealed, “I've written what they call the book, and it's a jukebox musical.”
A jukebox musical, for those wondering, is a play that features well-known tunes instead of a unique score (think Mamma Mia and hit songs from ABBA). But will Coolio’s "Rollin’ With My Homies" remain the soundtrack for a party scene?
There’s no word yet on who will star in the stage production, though Amy confirmed that casting is happening now. She admitted finding the right Cher and Dionne is proving to be harder than she thought it would, largely because Alicia Silverstone and Stacey Dash set the bar so high in the film.
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" Everything goes so slowly. I go, wow, this takes a lot. I thought movies took a long time," she said. "It's hard to know with Broadway when things will happen.”
For die-hard fans of the original, it’s hard to believe that it’s been 20 years since the highly quotable film debuted. What’s even more shocking is that the movie almost wasn’t made. In a recent interview with Vanity Fair, Amy admitted that most producers in Hollywood passed on it. She also had to fight to cast Alicia as Cher Horowitz.
“I had my heart set on Alicia. [But] Fox… wanted me to explore all the [options]… I saw Alicia Witt, the redheaded [actress]. And who else? Tiffani Thiessen. The one that – she was in that show and she cut her hair and everybody was mad? Keri Russell, yes. Then they go, “You’ve got to see the girl in [Flesh and Bone].” I never got to see her. I guess she was off on other things. That turned out to be Gwyneth Paltrow.” She also, reportedly, screened Reese Witherspoon.
Here's hoping she has more luck producing the play!