Because of escalating violence in our nation’s schools, a Paramount Network’s TV series reboot is officially scrapped. The reboot of the 1980s cult film “Heathers” has been stopped because of recent high school shootings.
Keith Cox, the network’s president of development and production, said in an interview with the Hollywood Reporter that the network had chosen to cancel the show’s premiere. He said it was due to the depiction of gun violence at a high school.
“This is a high school show, we’re blowing up the school, there are guns in the school, it’s a satire and there are moments of teachers having guns. It’s hitting on so many hot topics,” he said.
Company Can’t Be Speaking Out of Both Sides of Its Mouth
“This company can’t be speaking out of both sides of its mouth, saying the youth movement is important for us and we’ve done all these wonderful things to support that and at the same time, we’re putting on a show that we’re not comfortable with,” he continued.
The “Heathers” reboot was set to debut on March 7th, but it was pushed back after the February 14th massacre at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Fla., that left 17 people dead.
A new premiere date was never set.
“The combination of a high school show with these very dark moments didn’t feel right,” Cox told The Hollywood Reporter.