We are majorly, totally, butt-crazy in love with this idea! Two decades after Clueless became an instant (and instantly quotable!) classic, director Amy Heckerling is moving forward with plans to turn her '90s flick into a Broadway musical.
The Fast Times at Ridgemont High filmmaker told Entertainment Tonight this week that she's lined up both a director (Rock of Ages' Kristin Hanggi) and a producing team (Dodger Theatricals) to bring Cher and the gang to the Great White Way.
"I've written what they call the book, and it's a jukebox musical," she dished to ET. (A jukebox musical — like Mamma Mia! or Green Day's American Idiot — is one that uses already-known songs instead of an original score.)
Heckerling didn't specify what tunes might be included, but we'd like to put in a formal request for "Supermodel" (the soundtrack for Tai's makeover), "All By Myself" (playing when Cher realizes she loves Josh), and — of course! — "Rollin' With the Homies."
The "main problem" facing the show right now, Heckerling told ET, is casting. As fans of the 1995 comedy know, Alicia Silverstone (Cher), Paul Rudd (Josh), Stacey Dash (Dionne), and the late Brittany Murphy (Tai) left big shoes to fill.
"Everything goes so slowly. I go, wow, this takes a lot. I thought movies took a long time," Heckerling quipped of the process. "It's hard to know with Broadway when things will happen."
In the meantime, fans can always rewatch the movie, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in July. Speaking about the film in an interview with the Today show on Wednesday, June 24, Silverstone reflected on its long-lasting cultural significance.
"I mean, I think Amy Heckerling is so brilliant…She just touches on a time and a period," the now-38-year-old actress told Today. "And the amazing thing about this movie is that it's still being discovered. I love when older people, like grandparents, tell me that they love this movie. That's very odd and wonderful. And then little people who are just discovering it now — it's just being passed on. It's timeless. Even though it captured that time so well it seems that people really identify with it."
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