Thanks for scrapping ‘Heathers’ remake
You may want to sit down for this: For once, Hollywood movie moguls have put ethics ahead of money.
Paramount Network had planned a television reprise of the 1988 film “Heathers.” The original version, which we remember well, was a black comedy about murder and suicide, starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater. IMDb describes the plot this way: “In order to get out of the snobby clique that is destroying her good-girl reputation, an intelligent teen teams up with a dark sociopath in a plot to kill the cool kids.”
After the Parkland, Florida, school shooting in February, Paramount delayed airing the new version. Now the firm’s parent company, Viacom, has revealed the “Heathers” remake has been scrapped altogether.
The subject matter would not be appropriate in the current environment, Viacom stated. No, it would not.
While this R-rated comedy won’t necessarily drive most smart, well-adjusted teens to kill their classmates (Spoiler alert: In the end, the lead character decides it’s better to help her fellow students than help murder them), it could be a bad influence on a troubled student — worse now than 20 years ago. Sure, there was plenty of violence in society in 1988, but school shootings were almost unheard of back then.
The good motive that changed Viacom’s mind hasn’t stopped some from attempting to make school violence profitable. One computer game producer tried to market “Active Shooter,” in which players can pretend to invade schools on killing sprees. It appears no one will agree to sell the game.
Good for Viacom. Good for retailers who rejected “Active Shooter.” In this day and age of every action being ruled by the profit motive, it’s appropriate to recognize people for doing the right thing.