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Its Too Soon: Paramount Postpones Premiere of “Heathers” In Light Of Parkland Shooting

In 1988, “Heathers” put actors such as Winona Ryder and Christian Slater on the map. 30 years later, Paramount planned to adapt the movie into a series by the same name, but the premiere must wait.

CNN reports that in wake of the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fl., Paramount made the decision to delay the premiere of the series. The show is meant to show the many aspects of high school social life, including some of the violence that occurs. Although there is no gun violence portrayed in the first few episodes of the series, the network felt it was necessary to hold off.

In a statement, Paramount says, “While we stand firmly behind the show, in light of the recent tragic events in Florida and out of respect for the victims, their families and loved ones, we feel the right thing to do is delay the premiere until later this year”.

The series contains many of the same characters, but this time around, the outcasts are part of the “in” crowd. One of the Heathers is played by a gender-queer male, another is played by a black lesbian, and the last is played by Broadway star Melanie Field.

A new premiere date has not been set yet, but fans of the cult classic will be waiting patiently.

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