Long before Twilight, The Hunger Games and Divergent, there was another YA fiction series that girls — and maybe some boys — would read under their covers with a flashlight when it was well past their bedtimes. It was 1983 when Francine Pascal‘s Sweet Valley High books debuted and the adventures of twins Elizabeth and Jessica Wakefield were everything a young reader could want.
Whether you identified with saintly Liz or bad girl Jess, the stories of the sisters and their friends were scandalous. And legendary. And so good they were bad. So considering Hollywood can turn the Archie comics into a dark teen soap opera, just imagine all the shenanigans the SVH characters can get up to.
Well, imagine no more because a Sweet Valley High movie is happening.
According to Deadline, Paramount has brought on Kirsten Smith (who co-wrote Legally Blonde and 10 Things I Hate About You) and Harper Dill (writer on the series The Mick) to work on the script. And let’s face it, this project sounds a lot better than what it could’ve been (a movie musical penned by Diablo Cody was once the goal).
No idea whether it’s going to be a remake of the high school days or what the characters are like now. All we do know is that it needs to somehow be relatable and watchable for the series’ fans, who are now in their 30s and 40s.
Just think of all the splashy material they have to work with (the later series and 2011 reunion book Sweet Valley Confidential aside). There was Jess and her spoiled BFF Lila Fowler, who were mean girls before there was Mean Girls. Elizabeth and Todd Wilkins, tooling around in her Fiat Spider, seemingly having it all. And let’s not forget Liz’s bestie Enid Rollins, wealthy snob Bruce Patman and class clown Winston Egbert and all the friendships and love and cheating and rivalries and jealousy and kidnappings and OMG, we can’t wait.