So, you totally won’t believe this, but, like, Cher, Dionne, Tai and the other characters from the 1995 Beverly Hills coming-of-age comedy Clueless are totally coming back for a comic book sequel.
If you’ve never seen the film, it’s a must: Alicia Silverstone plays a sexy but superficial girl who ends up finding love while playing a matchmaker for her gal pals.
The illustrated sequel — which will be released by Boom! comics, publisher of other she-powered titles such as the female superheroes title Lumberjanes — will be written by Amber Benson, a writer for the Buffy the Vampire Slayer comic book series, and veteran comic book writer Sarah Kuhn. Kuhn and Benson even acquired some research from the UCLA linguistics department to help them write the dialogue with ’90s-era teen slang. As if!
The comic will continue where the film left off as Cher navigates her high school’s cliques alongside her fashionable friends. If the film was any indication, the comic should prove popular. The 1995 film — which was a teen chick flick adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1815 novel Emma — became a sleeper hit, making $56 million off of its $10 million budget and influencing other girl-centered and gay friendly narratives like the Buffy the Vampire TV series.
It even inspired a March 2017 video of celebrities reciting Cher’s immigration debate speech in reaction to Donald Trump’s Muslim travel ban.
— W magazine (@wmag) March 6, 2017
Vanity Fair asked the writers why the film and its characters made such an impression on audiences. Here’s Benson they responded:
“[Cher] is flawed and she fails, and instead of just quitting when she fails, she actually learns. Every person in Clueless—and in Emma—they have something to impart to her. The Tai character teaches Cher to relax; she learns to enjoy her life a little more. That’s a beautiful thing, and I think as a woman, you can identify with that—because we’re told to be perfect all the time, and to take somebody who looks perfect and has kind of a perfect life and go, “You know, I’m not perfect. I fail, I make mistakes, but I learn from them.”
We’ll be reading the comic to see to see if it feature Christian, the “disco-dancing, Oscar Wilde-reading, Streisand ticket-holding friend of Dorothy” who Cher tries to hook up with in the film.