Cameron Crowe, John Cusack Trying to Stop Say Anything TV Series Reboot

Cameron Crowe and John Cusack
A Say Anything TV series reboot is in the works at NBC, but the 1989 film's director Cameron Crowe and star John Cusack don't want any part of it Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images; George Pimentel/Getty Images

Looks like Lloyd Dobler will be trading in his boombox for an iPod. According to Deadline, NBC is rumored to be planning a new TV series based on Cameron Crowe’s 1989 directorial debut Say Anything.

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“Set in present day, the Say Anything series picks up 10 years later,” Deadline says of the reboot. “Lloyd has long since been dumped by Diane and life hasn’t exactly turned out like he thought. But when Diane surprisingly returns home, Lloyd is inspired to ‘dare to be great’ once again, get Diane back and reboot his life.”

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The only issue with bringing the ’80s classic back? Crowe and star John Cusack (Lloyd Dobler) would rather keep Peter Gabriel’s “In Your Eyes” and Dobler’s Clash T-shirt in the past. The duo are up in arms about the planned series, and made their displeasure known via Twitter.

“Regarding the announcement of a ‘Say Anything’ tv show…@JohnCusack, @IoneSkye1 and I have no involvement…except in trying to stop it,” Crowe tweeted on Monday, Oct. 6, adding star Ione Skye (who played Lloyd’s girlfriend Diane Court) into the mix.

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John Cusack as Llyod Dobbler in “Say Anything” 20th Century Fox/Courtesy Everett Collection

“Amen @CameronCrowe @IoneSkye1,” Cusack replied to Crowe’s tweet. When asked by a follower if he’s involved with the new project, Cusack said: “Hell no!!” He added: “No end to the exploitation of other people’s sincere efforts in shameless slime.”

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Say Anything centered on high school underachiever/kickboxer Lloyd Dobler, who falls for valedictorian Diane Court. The couple struggle to stay together before Court leaves for college, leaving Dobler with just a pen to remember her by…yes, a pen. Luckily, the two reunite and head to England together. The final scene leaves a “ding” of possibilities.

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