Phil Lord and Chris Miller’s résumé includes some wildly popular films. That includes The LEGO Movie, 21 Jump Street, and, of course, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. But some think their greatest accomplishment was their first: the short-lived animated series Clone High, which they co-created with Scrubs‘ Bill Lawrence. The cult classic featured clones of historical figures as teenagers in high school. The series, which satirized fame, its characters, and high school coming-of-age series, was a sign of things to come for the pair. But the show never got its proper due. It only lasted for one brilliant, 13-episode season. Now that’s about to change. MTV and HBO Max are bringing back the team to “re-imagine” the series for a new generation.
Don’t worry, though. Teenage JFK, Abraham Lincoln, Cleopatra, Joan of Arc, and Gandhi are coming back with them. Here’s our first full look at the HBO Max reboot, the Clone High trailer.
Honestly, we are feeling the nostalgia. In 2020, it was announced that Lord, Miller, and Lawrence would return for an “updated version” of Clone High with all new episodes. Erica Rivinoja (South Park), a writer on the original series, serves as showrunner and will pen the pilot with Lord and Miller. And while the show will be a “re-imagining,” it will still follow the original show’s famous clones.
As the trailer reveals, the Clone High reboot series will pick up from where everyone left off: all literally frozen solid bricks of ice at a high school dance. And then there will be plenty of laughs and heartfelt moments to follow. The synopsis for the series shares more, noting:
A modern refresh of the hit series of the same name, Clone High follows a high school for clones of the greatest minds in history. Twenty years after the original experiment was put on ice, Joan, JFK, Abe, and Cleo have been thawed out to resume school with their new clone classmates – all while navigating a new set of cultural norms and overly dramatic teen relationships.
Clone High is the latest MTV animated series finding new life. They recently announced Jodie, a modern spin-off to Daria. And the network’s iconic idiot duo of Beavis and Butthead headed back to television with a new series at Comedy Central. New episodes will be amazing, so don’t tell them we’d be happy if they were just clones of the original.
Clone High releases on May 23.
Originally published June 2, 2020.
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