Just three months after Paramount announced they would push the premiere date of the Heathers reboot, the network revealed they would cancel their plan to air it all together. Reportedly, execs won’t air the show on any Viacom platform.
During a chat with The Hollywood Reporter, Keith Cox, who is the president of development and production, said to the publication that, initially, they planned to air it in March but then the Sante Fe high school shooting happened.
As the reports go, a 17-year-old shooter killed ten people and injured 13 more in Sante Fe, Texas. Keith told reporters from The Hollywood Reporter that the decision was a hard one to make because they had put a lot of work into the series.
And while they chose to get rid of it, apparently, they’re looking to sell it to another company. As it was previously reported, Paramount revealed they would reschedule the production after the shooting.
Supposedly, Heathers features many contentious topics like identity crises, racism, and issues of socio-economic status as well as gun violence.
However, they had no choice but to push the premiere back because they didn’t want to contribute to an atmosphere of school violence.
As you may know, the United States has had over twenty school shootings so far in the year. But many of them were minor where either BB guns were involved, or no one was killed.
In case you haven’t heard of the original, Winona Ryder played Grace Victoria Cox, who has a rebel boyfriend, played by Christian Slater. The show features the couple dealing with other evil high school girls.
It’s unfortunate for fans that they had to cancel it, but sometimes duty calls and there is only one option.
And this isn’t the first time executives have pulled the plug after a massacre. Ryan Murphy’s American Horror Story: Cult series, featured a scene of violence last year that they then deleted because of the Las Vegas massacre at the Route 91 music festival.