The 1999 cult classic film Jawbreaker is coming to the small screen, with E! developing a TV series adaptation alongside Sony Pictures Television. Darren Stein, who wrote and directed the original film, is returning to co-write the pilot script with George Northy (G.B.F.), with both writers serving as executive producers. It isn't known if Darren Stein will also direct the pilot episode, if E! issues a pilot order.
Deadline broke the news about this series being put into development, revealing that the story will be set in Beverly Hills, just like the original movie. The comedy drama will follow a new clique of friends, whose world is turned upside down when an accidental killing happens during a bachelorette party. This sets in motion a chain of events as these women go to great lengths to protect this deadly secret.
The original movie followed a clique of Beverly Hills high school girls, so it seems that this new group of friends will be a bit older, eschewing the high school setting. Although that has not been confirmed. It isn't known if any of the main stars of the original movie, such as Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart or Julie Benz, will return as different characters in this series. The supporting cast of the original Jawbreaker movie also included Judy Greer in just her third film role, Tatyana Ali, Jeff Conaway, P.J. Soles, Marilyn Manson, Carol Kane and Pam Grier.
Jawbreaker is just the latest cult classic movie to find new life on the small screen. CBS debuted its TV adaptation of Training Day last week, with ABC airing the short-lived Uncle Buck last summer. NBC is also bringing the Liam Neeson action movie franchise Taken to the small screen, debuting February 27. A TV adaptation of a hit movie is never a sure thing, though, which the producers of Beverly Hills Cop found out in 2013, when CBS didn't issue a series order for the pilot episode, which brought back Eddie Murphy as Axel Foley.
While Jawbreaker wasn't a huge box office hit, earning just $3.1 million from a $3.5 million budget, it earned cult status rather quickly, and helped launch the career of rising stars Rose McGowan, Rebecca Gayheart and Julie Benz. Darren Stein also directed the 2013 comedy G.B.F., which marked George Northy's screenwriting debut. Darren Stein also has a half-hour comedy project set up at HBO, and he is also writing the fourth installment of Lifetime's Flowers in the Attic franchise for Lifetime, along with the network's Spice Girls biopic. George Northy has also written for MTV's Faking It.