The quintessential 1990s Generation X comedy is set for an update for the new millenium.
Deadline reports that 'Reality Bites,' the 1994 cult comedy starring Winona Ryder, Ben Stiller and Ethan Hawke, is being adapted as a single camera comedy series for NBC. The original writer of the film, Helen Childress, is signed on to write the script for the pilot.
The film featured Ryder as recent college graduate Lelaina Pierce, struggling to make sense of the post university lifestyle in both her professional and romantic life. Frustrated with her aimless career trajectory, Lelaina focuses her efforts on documenting her "slacker" friends who are dealing with their own issues, from Janeane Garofalo's promiscuity and STD scares to Steve Zahn's revealing his homosexuality to his parents. Surprisingly, the series adaptation will not be a modern updating of the original, instead sticking with the time and setting of the film. Expect lots of flannel and no cell phones.
The feature marked Stiller's big screen directorial debut, and he returns to executive produce the series reboot under his Red Hour production studio. This marks the second recent project for Stiller, as TVRage reported yesterday of his backing Comedy Central's latest original effort 'Big Time in Hollywood, FL.' Writer Childress is also reuniting with the actor/director on the big screen, as Stiller is attached to direct the upcoming horror project 'The Mountain.'
Do you think grunge and flannel will make a comeback thanks to this new series?