Heather, my love, there’s a new TV show in town. Not wishing to be left behind in the scripted TV game, Bravo is adding a bevy of new, original programming to its development slate, including a kind of reboot / sequel to the 1988 dark comedy cult hit Heathers, which starred Winona Ryder and Christian Slater as two teenagers who rebel against the reign of the Heathers (Shannen Doherty, Kim Walker and Lisanne Falk) in their high school.
The series was envisioned by Jenny Bicks (The Big C), who wants to update the story by setting it 20 years after the first film, where Veronica (Ryder) returns to Sherwood with her daughter who herself must go up against the reigning high school clique – except this time instead of the Heathers it will be the Ashleys (who are actually the daughters of the surviving Heathers). For more on angel dust, switchblades, and sexually perverse photography (i.e. the project), hit the jump.
Back in August 2009, we reported that Hugh Jackman was set to star in the P.T. Barnum biopic The Greatest Showman on Earth and a short two years later that project now has a director. THR reports that commercial director Michael Gracey will helm the project which focuses on the legendary circus owner/swindler and his infatuation with opera singer Jenny Lind aka “the Swedish Nightingale”. Back in 2009 we reported that Anne Hathaway was being courted for Lind but now it appears that the role is wide open. Jenny Bicks (Sex and the City) wrote the script, and Jackman will produce alongside John Palermo and Laurence Mark. This is the second film Gracey has signed to direct this month. We reported on August 3rd that he had signed on to direct Disney’s China-set Snow White film (because we needed another fucking Snow White movie) The Order of the Seven.
Hit the jump for a recap of Jackman’s other projects.
20th Century Fox liked what they saw at this year’s Oscars. They especially liked the part where their specialty label won a whole mess of awards – but they thought the musical numbers were pretty good too. According to Variety the studio has attached show-host extraordinaire Hugh Jackman to play the lead in a musical biopic of PT Barnum called “The Greatest Showman on Earth”. The contemporary musical will reunite Jackman with some of the key players at 2008′s telecast including, maybe, Anne Hathaway. More after the jump…