Mean Girls is returning to the big screen.
After its original appearance in 2004 as a film, then on the Broadway stage as a musical in 2018, it’s now gloriously headed back to movie theaters as a mash-up: it’s a musical film!
Here’s everything we know about this big announcement.
‘Mean Girls’ was Fey’s first big scriptwriting project
Fey is an extraordinary comedy writer, starting out, of course, for Saturday Night Live, and then moving on to write for and star in 30 Rock, which was based loosely on her experiences with SNL.
Then, Mean Girls came along in 2004. Fey based her script for the now-iconic movie on the 2002 self-help book, Queen Bees & Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends & Other Realities of Adolescence. It worked, because the movie was an enormous success.
With an all-star cast including Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams, Lacey Chabert, Amanda Seyfried, Lizzy Caplan, and Amy Poehler, the film perfectly captured the experiences of American high school girls.
Fey recalled in 2019, “Some of the material in Mean Girls was about this period in my life when I felt like I was an outsider. The stuff that was pent up in me as a teenage girl is all in the show.”
‘Mean Girls’ the musical movie
The news of the Mean Girls musical making its move to the big screen was cause for excitement this week. Although it’s only been on Broadway a little under two years, the stage show has been an enormous success and its presentation as a film is already highly anticipated.
The new movie will be a musical based on the original movie. It’s all right, we don’t need to make sense of it. As long as Tina Fey is involved, that’s all that matters.
“I’m very excited to bring Mean Girls back to the big screen,” Fey said in a statement this week. “It’s been incredibly gratifying to see how much the movie and the musical have meant to audiences. I’ve spent 16 years with these characters now. They are my Marvel Universe and I love them dearly.”
What will happen to the ‘Mean Girls’ Broadway production?
According to Playbill, the Broadway show is on national tour and will also be making its debut on London’s West End by spring 2021.
Fey spoke in 2018 with New York Theater Guide about the work of turning a well-known and beloved film into a musical and the fear of not satisfying faithful fans.
“We knew we’d have young women who had seen the movie that would have certain expectations, but we also wanted to make sure that the show is genuinely good for people who have never seen the movie. And I think we’ve done that.”
“I keep saying that I’d love to cut together a commercial of soundbites from all the Dads that come to watch. ‘Well… er… I didn’t really know what to expect and I actually really enjoyed that!’ We should just make one commercial like that so other people know it’s fail-safe. I would even say it’s straight-man-safe!”
Now for the challenge of transforming the musical into a feature film. Judging from the success of the Mean Girls film and Broadway musical, the new film is in extremely capable hands.
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