Lifetime To Make “90210” Movie, Because That “Saved By The Bell” One Went So Well
Well! It looks like Lifetime is really digging its heels into this whole “Let’s do a movie about the sort of true story of a television show a lot of people liked, with actors who look like melting wax figure versions of the characters on the show” schtick. First there was the “Saved By The Bell” monstrosity, and then in April they announced that they’d be doing a “Full House” movie, and now….
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lifetime will now be producing a movie about the original “90210.”
Following in the footsteps of 2014’s Saved By the Bell pic and the upcoming Full House movie, the project will show the roller coaster ride of the teen soap’s first four seasons, particularly the drama between cast members and producers both on and off-set. The movie will also shed light on the show’s several near-cancelations and its subsequent rise to ratings hit and pop culture phenomenon.
An airdate has yet to be determined.
Jeff Roda (Love Liza) will pen the script, which will be directed by Vanessa Parise (PopFan). Peter M. Green (Mean Girls 2) and Howard Braunstein (The Informant!) will exec produce and Christian Bruyere (A Girl’s Best Friend) will produce.
None of this seems promising. However, a part of me hopes they will take extra care with this one, given the fact that Tori Spelling herself is one of the greatest Lifetime movie actresses of all time. I mean, “Co-Ed Call Girl?” “Mother May I Sleep With Danger?” Both CLASSICS. Plus she had a show on there for a while too. Gabrielle Carteris has done a few as well, although they are somewhat less memorable.
The main question–other than how completely awful the casting will be–is exactly how crazy they will make Shannen Doherty. I’m hoping for some high drama myself. Maybe some throwing of things? I don’t know, I actually forget what happened with all of that. That and how exaggerated Ian Ziering’s mullet is going to be, because honestly it was a rather subtle mullet in the beginning of the series. Also, they’d better find some hot 30 year-olds to play Luke Perry and Gabrielle Carteris, because there is no way anyone will buy any up-and-coming young teen stars in those roles.