FYI, I’m making sure I’ve shared this news with all you lot, before frantically Whatsapping literally every theatre gay I know. I mean, come on, a Mean Girls musical MOVIE?!
I’m feeling Glen Coco levels of chuffed right now.
Actress, writer and producer Tina Fey has revealed that her hit musical, Mean Girls, is being adapted into a feature film. The executive producer of the Broadway show today revealed that the musical – based on her legendary 2004 movie (aka the ‘fetchiest’ film of all time) of the same name, starring Lindsay Lohan and Rachel McAdams – is being adapted for the big screen by Paramount Pictures.
Fey said in an official statement:
“I’m very excited to bring ‘Mean Girls’ back to the big screen.
“It’s been incredibly gratifying to see how much the movie and the musical have meant to audiences. I’ve spent sixteen years with these characters now. They are my Marvel Universe and I love them dearly.”
OMG, such imagery. I know no-one’s asked me to do this, but…
Regina – Thanos
Karen – Hulk
Gretchen – Captain America
Kady – Thor
Janice – Hawkeye
Damian – Black Widow
Paramount’s President of Production, Elizabeth Raposo, added:
“We’re thrilled to be bringing this iconic property back to the big screen in musical form with our incredible filmmaking team.”
No director, cast information or release date has been announced at this stage. Boo.
The ‘fetch’ New York musical has been on Broadway since April 2018, following an off-Broadway run in Washington D.C. in October 2017. The musical is based on the OG book and 2004 film by Tina Fey, with original songs by Jeff Richmond (which I can confirm are pure class), with lyrics by Nell Benjamin.
Here’s the official synopsis from the musical’s website:
“MEAN GIRLS is a ferociously funny new musical from an award-winning creative team, including director Casey Nicholaw (Aladdin, The Book of Mormon), composer Jeff Richmond (“30 Rock,” “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt”), lyricist Nell Benjamin (Legally Blonde), and book writer Tina Fey (“30 Rock,” Bossypants). Vogue cheers, “MEAN GIRLS is HILARIOUS! The cast is sensational – expert comedians with fierce voices and acting chops to match.” USA Today says, “We’ll let you in on a little secret, because we’re such good friends: GET YOUR TICKETS NOW.”
“Cady Heron may have grown up on an African savanna, but nothing prepared her for the wild and vicious ways of her strange new home: suburban Illinois. How will this naïve newbie rise to the top of the popularity pecking order? By taking on The Plastics, a trio of lionized frenemies led by the charming but ruthless Regina George. But when Cady devises a plan to end Regina’s reign, she learns the hard way that you can’t cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.
“Produced by Lorne Michaels, Stuart Thompson, Sonia Friedman, and Paramount Pictures, MEAN GIRLS gets to the hilarious heart of what it means to be a true friend, a worthy nemesis, and above all, a human being.”
The Mean Girls big dogs also briefly spoke about the musical’s long-awaited arrival in London’s West End, during today’s announcement. Producer Lorne Michaels said:
“It has been a joy to work on ‘Mean Girls’ and to watch it go from film, to musical, and now to musical film.”
“I am very proud that Tina’s story and characters continue to resonate with new generations. We are all excited to continue to work with Sonia Friedman and her team as we prepare for London.”
According to Broadway producers, plans to bring the Mean Girls musical to London’s West End in spring 2021 are in “in final discussions”.
Fetch. So much fetch.
Images via Facebook/Mean Girls Broadway, Mean Girls Broadway, Getty, Paramount Pictures
Having worked in children's media and publishing for almost a decade, Ben is thoroughly excited to now be able to swear in stories and features. He is such a big fan of Disney and Horror films that he started an LGBTQ+ podcast called 'Once Upon A Scream'. His mum listens. You can contact Ben at [email protected] Twitter: @PulsfordBen / Instagram: @thebenmidlerFollow