Heathers to get LGBT TV makeover

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1980s cult classic, Heathers, is to return to our screen with a new LGBT twist.

The film, featuring Christian Slater and Winona Ryder, was released in 1988 and quickly became a gay pop culture sensation. Now nearly 29 years later, US cable channel TV Land have announced a televised remake.

Billed as the network’s first “anthology series”, some have taken this to mean the show could see the cast change season to season – much like American Horror Story.

More interestingly though, the show will feature what some would call stereotypical outcasts as the main clique.

Gender-queer Heather Duke (whose real name is Heath), Heather McNamara, a lesbian, and overweight Heather Chandler. The series will still take a similar focus to the film and be set around Winona Ryder’s character, Veronica Sawyer and her homicidal boyfriend played by Christian Slater.

Heathers to get LGBT TV makeover

Although the network have released little details about what’s actually going to happen, it has said the programme’s protagonists will be “very different but an equally vicious group of Heathers”.

In 2012, another spin-off of the movie set around the daughter’s of the characters was planned but never actually made it to air.

Heathers has long been held as a classic among members of the LGBT community and featured in season three of Rupaul’s Drag Race as a reference to one of the cliches that formed on the show.