Nine months after the mysterious 1995 cult movie reboot in Peacock, the NBCUniversal-backed streamer has continued to develop comedy. Sources say Hollywood journalist may the title remain valuable to CBS Studios producers, with the ViacomCBS-backed outlet already planning to try their hand at redeveloping a potentially different update to the movie starring Alicia Silverstone and Stacey Dash.
The most recent move to revive Distraught was in the works for almost a year before the screenplay, written by Jordan Reddout and Gus Hickey (Will & Grace, the man with a plan), landed at Peacock for development. The project was sold to the streamer in August and was set up there before Frances Berwick and Susan Rovner took over supervision of Peacock as part of their vast portfolio of content.
the Distraught The update was described as “a pink, bisexual baby with a blue tinge, wearing tiny sunglasses, an oat milk latte and an Adderall-powered look at what happens when Queen Cher goes missing and his lifelong No. 2, Dionne, enters Cher’s vacant Air Jordans. How does Dionne deal with the pressure of being the most popular new girl in school, while also unraveling the mystery of what happened to her best friend?
Sources note that Rovner and Berwick, who also oversee NBC and a suite of cable networks, recently reviewed several scripts in Peacock’s development pipeline before passing on several, including Distraught. Reddout and Hickey exec produced alongside Corinne Brinkerhoff (Jane the Virgin), Tiffany Grant, film producers Robert Lawrence and Eli Bush. It is not known if any of the Distraught the update will be involved in all future incarnations of the title.
Peacock and CBS Studios declined to comment.
CBS Studios has already produced a Distraught sitcom with Rachel Blanchard as Cher and with Dash continuing her role of Dionne. The series aired for three seasons on ABC and UPN.
Distraught, of writer-director Amy Heckerling, celebrated her 25th birthday last summer. The photo has become a cult favorite and launched the careers of Silverstone stars Paul Rudd and Brittany Murphy.