Amy Heckerling: ‘Everyone in Hollywood passed on Clueless’

Clueless director Amy Heckerling got rejected by “everybody in Hollywood” when she pitched the film’s script. To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the now-iconic film, Heckerling, who wrote and directed the teen classic, admitted to Variety that it to…

Clueless director Amy Heckerling got rejected by “everybody in Hollywood” when she pitched the film’s script.

To celebrate the 25th anniversary of the now-iconic film, Heckerling, who wrote and directed the teen classic, admitted to Variety that it took a long time to get the project off the ground because no Hollywood executives seemed to get its sense of humour.

“Everybody in Hollywood passed on it, and my agent Ken Stovitz was just driving himself insane trying to think of places and things and people that he could get it to and who would read it,” she said. “And, you know, it was pretty much, ‘No no no no.’ It’s kind of like when you read it, I don’t think people understood the humour.”

“To say you ‘didn’t get the humour’ meant you just didn’t get it,” her agent Stovitz added. “One of the hardest things to ever arrive at in Hollywood is the truth of why someone rejects you… I mean, we got rejected everywhere twice. I just kept saying to Amy, ‘We’re going to get this done, we’re going to get this done.'”

After struggling to find Clueless, which was originally written as a scripted TV series, a home, the film ultimately ended up at Paramount with producer Scott Rudin, and then everybody was interested.

“When Scott Rudin wanted to do it, there was a bidding war,” Heckerling stated. “Everybody wanted to do it.”

Clueless, an adaptation of Jane Austen’s novel Emma, went on to star Alicia Silverstone as Cher Horowitz, with a supporting cast including Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Paul Rudd, and Donald Faison.

It opened in 1995 and became a box office smash hit, making $56.6 million (£44.7 million) from a $12 million (£9.4 million) budget, and it is still beloved and frequently watched to this day.

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Clueless reboot will be a ‘new take’ on the classic

The producer of the upcoming Clueless reboot has stressed the film will be a new take, not a remake.Deadline reported on Thursday (25Oct18) that the ’90s hit was to be revived courtesy of Girls Trip writer Tracy Oliver, who has signed on to produce, wi…

The producer of the upcoming Clueless reboot has stressed the film will be a new take, not a remake.

Deadline reported on Thursday (25Oct18) that the ’90s hit was to be revived courtesy of Girls Trip writer Tracy Oliver, who has signed on to produce, with GLOW writer Marquita Robinson penning the script.

The original Clueless was released in 1995 and starred Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Paul Rudd and the late Brittany Murphy. Written and directed by Amy Heckerling, the movie, which was loosely based on Jane Austen’s Emma, went on to become a beloved cult classic thanks to the preppy fashion choices and catchy phrases and vocabulary of the characters. It also spawned a TV series.

As the reboot is still in early development, no details of story or casting have yet been revealed, however, Oliver has taken to Twitter to emphasise that this will be a fresh project rather than a carbon copy of the original.

“Crazy excited to be producing a *new* take on one of my favorite movies of all time, #Clueless, with the hilarious and super talented @MarqRobinson writing it!!!,” she wrote. “As. If.”

Robinson, who has also previously written episodes of Zooey Deschanel’s New Girl, jokingly replied to her colleague, writing: “Omg can you believe these idiots are remaking Clueless, @TracyYOliver?”

News of the reboot drew mixed responses from fans of the chick flick on social media, with many insisting that it was unnecessary to revive the feature and feared that a new version could ruin the original’s legacy.

And when one user asked Oliver whether she was incapable of making anything original, she simply responded: “Like… Girls Trip?”

Neither Heckerling nor any of the Clueless cast have commented on the news.

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Alicia Silverstone didn’t enjoy Clueless costume fittings

Alicia Silverstone was left feeling exhausted on the set of Clueless because of all the costume changes.The cult film helped launch the careers of Alicia, the late Brittany Murphy, and Paul Rudd, and told the story of rich, fashion-obsessed teen Cher H…

Alicia Silverstone was left feeling exhausted on the set of Clueless because of all the costume changes.

The cult film helped launch the careers of Alicia, the late Brittany Murphy, and Paul Rudd, and told the story of rich, fashion-obsessed teen Cher Horowitz.

The bold fashion choices are synonymous with the 1995 feature, with the yellow plaid skirt suit worn by Cher one of the standout fashion moments. While fans lapped up the clothes, Alicia herself wasn’t so keen.

“I remember being so exhausted with the costume fittings because I just, I wore, I didn’t have any fashion sense at all at that age, and it only took, I mean, it took recently that I became interested in clothes,” she recalled to ABC. “At the time, jeans and a green T-shirt, I was good all week long. So, when I had to try 63 things on, I was just like, ‘This is painful.'”

But for head costume designer Mona May, the film was a dream come true.

As well as the plaid suit, which Stacey Dash’s character Dionne also wore in a black and white version, Cher also helped to popularise berets, tailored shirts and jackets, and chic layering.

“When Amy (Heckerling, writer and director) gave me the script, it just blew my mind. How fascinating these characters were and it was all about setting trends and making something new,” Mona smiled.

“The clothes were, they were their own star. They were the main character of the movie and (Mona) did such a beautiful job,” Alicia added.

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