Netflix has commissioned a reboot of popular Australian teen series, Heartbreak High, which will air on the streaming platform from 2022.
The eight-part series will begin filming in Sydney next year under the supervision of production companies Fremantle Australia and NewBe.
According to Netflix, the reboot will be “totally reimagined for a new generation”.
“It’s not going to be a facsimile of the original,” Que Minh Luu, Netflix’s Director of Local Originals, told The Sydney Morning Herald.
“We want to give this new generation their own version. Australian teens haven’t had their stories told in this way for a long time”.
Heartbreak High is the first series commissioned by Luu since commencing her tenure as Director of Local Originals in July.
Netflix has commissioned a reboot of the much-loved Australian young adult series #HeartbreakHigh. Inspired by the original ‘90s series, but totally reimagined for a new generation, Heartbreak High will make its global debut on Netflix in 2022. pic.twitter.com/DxeoxTqZek
— Netflix ANZ (@NetflixANZ) December 6, 2020
Heartbreak High debuted in 1994 and quickly garnered a healthy local audience. It aired for seven seasons in total and helped launch the careers of numerous Aussie actors, including Callan Mulvey, Ada Nicodemou and Lara Cox.
Upon being uploaded to the streaming platform in November this year, the original series quickly made its way into Netflix Australia’s Top 25 most popular titles. It has also attracted interest from international viewers, cracking Netflix’s Top 10 in Serbia and Top 30 in the Netherlands.
Casting for the reboot has not yet begun.