Hollywood’s fascination with delving into its past is probably something that will never end. Making sequels of decades-old hit movies seems to be the thing (Top Gun: Maverick, Bill and Ted Face the Music, The Matrix 4, to name a few). So, it shouldn’t come as a surprise when other popular movies are brought up for a potential sequel. Take for instance the 1995 coming-of-age teen hit Clueless. Yes, it was big back then, but twenty-five years have passed and seriously, do we need Clueless 2? Maybe so. Will one happen? Follow along with us and find out.
THE ORIGINAL MOVIE
Before we talk about Clueless 2 we have to talk about the original from 1995. That starred Alicia Silverstone in one of her most popular roles as Cher Horowitz, who lives in a Beverly Hills mansion with her widowed father Mel. Cher, along with her bestie Dionne, attends Bronson Alcott High School. Both girls are attractive, very wealthy, and very popular.
The story of Clueless follows Cher and her superficial ways, how she uses her school standing to get what she wants, and how she ultimately turns from a vapid, clueless individual into a caring human being who actually finds love in the strangest of places.
Silverstone played Cher to a tee (“as if!”), encompassing the mood and character of the time completely, as did her co-stars. It was a great movie, written and directed by Amy Heckerling, whose credits also include Fast Times at Ridgemont High, National Lampoon’s European Vacation, and Look Who’s Talking. Heckerling definitely knows how to work comedy.
The movie thrust Silverstone into the spotlight, but the question remains, does it need Clueless 2? Well, it obviously needed something because the movie kicked off a TV spin-off sitcom, a series of 21 youth books, a musical, and now GIANT FREAKIN ROBOT talking about a potential sequel.
THE OLD CLUELESS TV SERIES
Amy Heckerling was also responsible for the TV series of the same name. In fact, when Heckerling first conceived the idea for Clueless, her intention was for it to be a TV series. But Paramount actually liked it more as a movie, so it went movie first, then TV series after. So in a sense, Clueless has already gotten a sequel.
The main difference from the movie to the series is that Alicia Silverstone did not reprise her role as Cher. That role was filled by Rachel Blanchard. But there were others from the movie that did become part of the TV series, those being Stacy Dash as Dionne, Donald Faison as Murray, Elisa Donovan as Amber, Wallace Shawn as Mr. Hall, and Twink Caplan Ms. Geist. The series lasted three seasons, one on ABC who for some reason canceled it, then two more on UPN. Clearly at the time they probably all would have been willing to come back for Clueless 2, if someone had made it.
CLUELESS: THE MUSICAL
The idea of making Clueless 2 has been kicked around for quite some time. With other teen movies being turned into musicals (Mean Girls, Heathers: The Musical) Heckerling saw a way to continue on as she brought Clueless to Off-Broadway. The songs included were of the ‘80s and ‘90s era and had the lyrics changed to fit the scenes of the show. Unfortunately, the show didn’t enjoy a long run, its lifespan lasting a mere two months.
CLUELESS 2 AS A NEW TV SERIES WITH A TWIST
Just recently (as in last October), CBS TV Studios announced that we are getting a new Clueless TV series. According to Deadline, the series is described as such, “a baby pink and bisexual blue-tinted, tiny sunglasses-wearing, oat milk latté and Adderall-fueled look at what happens when the high school queen bee Cher disappears and her lifelong No. 2 Dionne steps into Cher’s vacant Air Jordans.” So it’s a mystery, surrounded by drama, wrapped up in comedy? It’s not exactly Clueless 2 but it sounds close.
Amy Heckerling is not involved in any way with this potential new series that is under early pre-production. It’s being brought to the small screen by Corinne Brinkerhoff and her development executive Tiffany Grant. The series is also being written by Jordan Reddout and Gus Hickey, who has written for the TV series Will & Grace. There have not been any announced stars attached to this project, so we will see if it even comes to fruition.
Does this satisfy the need for a Clueless 2?
CLUELESS 2 IS HAPPENING, SORT OF
Also, back in October of TWO years ago, it was announced that Paramount was indeed producing a remake of the 1995 hit movie with Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip) producing. It was also reported that Oliver was bringing in Marquita Robinson to write the script for Clueless 2 or whatever they decide to call it. Robinson is known for her story editing as well as being a writer on the Netflix series GLOW. Not much has been said about this potential reboot since then, but in theory Clueless 2 or Clueless Revisited or Clueless Rebooted is still in the works.