A new dramatic take on Clueless is being developed for the small screen. The Dionne character from the original movie will be the focus of the hour long series. Sources say the new show is being shopped around by CBS Studios and there is reportedly already a lot of interest from networks and streaming platforms. In addition to a dramatic element, the series is also said to incorporate a mystery surrounding Alicia Silverstone's Cher character, who is not attached to reprise the role on the show.

The new Clueless series has been described as "Mean Girls meets Riverdale meets a Lizzo music video." It is set in high school like the original. Additionally, the show is described as a "baby pink and bisexual blue-tinted, tiny sunglasses-wearing, oat milk latté and Adderall-fueled," which sounds interesting, to say the least. It's going to be a look at what happens "when the high school queen bee Cher disappears and her lifelong No. 2 Dionne steps into Cher's vacant Air Jordans."

Dionne will deal with the "pressures of being the new most popular girl in school," in the new Clueless series, "while also unraveling the mystery of what happened to her best friend, all in a setting that is uniquely 2020 L.A." This will definitely take the franchise and turn it on its head and one can easily see the Riverdale comparisons. But, what is it going to look like? We're still waiting for further details about the mysterious new series and exactly what the series will look like or if any of the original cast will appear for cameos or other roles. Additionally, the series has yet to be cast, so we don't know who will be playing Dionne this time around.

The Clueless series is written by Jordan Reddout and Gus Hickey (Will & Grace) and it sounds pretty out there and unlike anything we've seen from Cher and crew. CBS TV Studios has the TV rights to the 1995 movie, which was written and directed by Amy Heckerling. It starred Alicia Silverstone as Cher, Stacey Dash as Dionne, along with Brittany Murphy and Paul Rudd. Paramount Network Television was behind the 1996 half-hour series Clueless, created by Heckerling, which ended up running for three seasons.

Clueless hit theaters in 1995 and became a pop culture sensation. It also launched Alicia Silverstone's career. The movie is often called one of the best teen movies of all time, so it's understandable why a reboot is currently being shopped around. However, it seems like this new series is going to take some liberties with the source material and update it for the times, which could leave some original fans feeling alienated. On the other hand, it's deviating so far away that many might enjoy that the series is doing something original with familiar characters. Deadline was the first to report the new Clueless series news.

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