A Clueless remake is reportedly in the works and fans of the original film are voicing their concerns over the comeback.
The coming-of-age comedy was loosely based on Jane Austen’s 1815 novel Emma and starred Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd, Brittany Murphy and Stacey Dash. 2020 will mark the teen classic’s 25th anniversary.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Paramount Studios plans to bring back film with script-writer Marquita Robinson, whose credits include Netflix’s GLOW and producer Tracey Oliver, who was behind the 2017 box office smash Girls Trip.
However, the news has caused fans of the 1995 original to voice their concerns. 90s heartthrob Devon Sawa, who starred in Casper and Final Destination tweeted: “Clueless is about the 90s. It’s ours. Leave it alone. Make a movie that today’s teens can call their own. Stop being lazy.”
Another user wrote: “How clueless do you have to be to remake Clueless Siri send tweet,” while another posted: “If there is a film that really doesn’t need remake treatment it is Clueless.” You can see those and more reactions below.
How clueless do you have to be to remake Clueless Siri send tweet
— Laura Studarus (@Laura_Studarus) October 25, 2018
If there is a film that really doesn’t need remake treatment it is Clueless. https://t.co/N0EAfsLqhL
— Angelica Jade (@angelicabastien) October 26, 2018
If they're going to reboot Clueless and tell the same story, they should still cast Paul Rudd as the 18 year old step brother, since he looks exactly how he did in 1995.
— 1.21 Rickawatts (@notsoevilrick) October 25, 2018
What's good about Clueless is entirely tied to its era, its fashion, its playful dialogue with a youth culture that has now entirely shifted in tone. You may as well remake the Macarena.
— Guy Lodge (@GuyLodge) October 25, 2018
I don't want a remake of Clueless.
— Santa Claus, CEO (@SantaInc) October 25, 2018
no, traditional media, remaking everything that was once good and ruining all nostalgia will not save you from your impending doom. #clueless is good the way it is.
— Safiya Nygaard (@safiyajn) October 26, 2018
Speaking of why the film has remained so popular over the years, Paul Rudd told NME: “I think it’s a clever movie and it’s well made – Amy Heckerling did a great job with it. The fact that it’s [based on] Emma means the actual story is something that’s held up over the years. But Alicia Silverstone is so winning in that part too.”
Discussing the film’s impact at the time and in subsequent years, Rudd added: “It just struck a chord, I think, with that generation. When it came out, it had been several years since there was a movie for teenagers. It didn’t talk down to them and it kind of captured their world in some ways.”
“People have a nostalgic feeling for it now because they saw it at an age,” the actor concluded.