The Paramount Network has released a new red band trailer for the highly-anticipated new series Heathers, based on the cult classic film of the same name. While there isn't any nudity or R-rated language in this trailer, it certainly is risque, and gives us a new look at the mysterious character played by Shannen Doherty, the only original Heathers cast member to return for the series, and Selma Blair as Jade, while teasing what could be a pretty big spoiler.
Much like the movie it is based on, this Paramount Network series follows Veronica Sawyer (Grace Victoria Cox), a high school student who is dealing with three "Heathers," although they are much different than the original trio from the movie, played by Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk and Kim Walker. The head Heather is Heather Chandler (Melanie Field), the unconventional leader of this popular high school clique and rules Westerburg High through fear, intimidation and amazing fashion sense. The trailer features one of several scenes with a meeting among teachers, where one is surprised that "fat kids can be popular," while another teacher corrects him by stating that the preferred term is "body positive."
The second Heather is actually a boy, Heather Duke (Brendan Scannell), Heather C's #1 sidekick who harnesses the Heather's power to destroy whoever he views as a total discount hobgoblin. The trio is rounded out by Heather McNamara (Jasmine Mathews), considered the nicest Heather in the group who lives in the shadow of the others. She's hiding a dark secret that she doesn't want to be exposed. Their reign of terror could be coming to an end though with the arrival of JD Dean (James Scully), the new boy in town who becomes Veronica's new boyfriend. We can see in the trailer that he most certainly has a dark side, as he sets out on a reckless path of destruction proving that no one, even his girlfriend Veronica is safe. The trailer ends with two scenes that seemingly reveal Veronica and JD managed to actually kill Heather C, with the final scene featuring a student approaching Veronica stating that Heather C committed suicide. While it's possible that Heather C actually wasn't killed, this revelation does seem to be quite the spoiler, but we'll know for sure when the series premieres in March.
Heathers is just the latest of several movie adaptations to come to the small screen. Netflix is developing a Galaxy Quest TV series, while Amazon dropped big bucks for a Lord of the Rings TV series that could cost upwards of $1 billion. Disney XD debuted their Big Hero 6 animated TV series last year, while FX is making an animated Deadpool TV series and Lionsgate is developing a Blair Witch Project TV show, along with a new series based on the movie Jumper. It was just announced yesterday that NBC gave a put pilot order for a Bad Boys spin-off TV series starring Gabrielle Union, reprising her role from Bad Boys II as Syd Burnett. And those are just a few of the movie adaptations that are being developed for the small screen.
Heathers was created for television and written by Jason Micallef (Butter) who serves as executive producer and showrunner. Leslye Headland (Sleeping with Other People, Bachelorette) is an executive producer and directed several episodes. Gary Lucchesi is executive producer for Lakeshore Entertainment. Brad Gardener, Senior Vice President of Original Programming for Paramount Network and TV Land also serves as executive producer. Take a look at the new red band trailer for Heathers, courtesy of Paramount Network YouTube.