If you’re a Mean Girls fan, chances are you can quote the whole thing by heart. You know precisely how many “for you’s” Glen Coco got. You know every diatribe in the Burn Book. You know whose father invented the Toaster Strudel. And you absolutely know what “fetch” means. But do you know all of the words to the Broadway musical adaptation? If you haven’t yet gotten the chance to see the stage version of Mean Girls, worry not! According to Playbill, it’ll soon be a movie.
That’s right. Another Mean Girls movie is on the way. With the same story, but with songs this time! Even better, Tina Fey is writing the screenplay. She wrote the original film as well, and penned the book for the stage musical, so this is technically her third time at the Mean Girls rodeo. And we wouldn’t want it any other way. Those quotes are synonymous with Fey and her humor, so she’s the only gal we’d trust for the job. She even earned a Tony nomination for her work on the musical, so it’s a no-brainer that she’d be back for a film adaptation.
Fey’s husband Jeff Richmond also co-wrote the score for the musical with Nell Benjamin. Their songs—with titles like “Meet the Plastics,” “What’s Wrong With Me?” and “I See Stars”—will be the foundation for the new film.
“I’m very excited to bring Mean Girls back to the big screen,” Fey, who will produce the new movie with her former Saturday Night Live boss Lorne Michaels, said in a statement to Playbill. “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.”
Paramount Pictures, who produced the original Mean Girls, will also release the musical film. No word yet on a possible director or cast, although we’re hoping for some cameos from the original. Could we possibly see Lindsay Lohan or Rachel McAdams or anyone else turn up again? Maybe as teachers this time? Who knows, but it seems almost inevitable. It’s been 16 years since the film’s release, after all. We have to imagine at least a few of them are itching to return to the zany world of North Shore High School.
The Mean Girls Broadway musical opened on Halloween day in 2017 and is still playing at the August Wilson Theatre in New York City. It was nominated for 12 Tony Awards in 2018, including Best Musical. Tina Fey also won a Drama Desk Award for the writing the book.
As for other big-screen Mean Girls movies, there have been a few proposed sequels, including one called Mean Moms that was set to star Jennifer Aniston. That project was in development until 2015 but is currently on hold. Lindsay Lohan also wrote a treatment for a direct sequel, saying back in 2016 that she hoped to get Jamie Lee Curtis and Jimmy Fallon cast in the project. That never manifested, but the musical adaptation could reignite interest if it’s a hit.
We’ll keep an eye out for more information about the Mean Girls musical movie, including director and casting information, and a possible release date.
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