Building on the success of the recent vampire craze and the triumph of their 1995 sleeper hit ‘Clueless,’ Alicia Silverstone is teaming up with director Amy Heckerling again on the movie ‘Vamps,’ Screen Daily announced on February 11. The movie will focus on two young vampires living the good life in New York until they fall in love, which threatens their immortality.
Not only is ‘Vamps’ a mini ‘Clueless’ reunion, it’s also actress Krysten Ritter’s breakout movie role, reminiscent of the recently deceased Brittany Murphy’s leap into success and movie stardom in Heckerling’s take on the social life in more well-to-do California high schools 15 years ago. The movie also marks Silverstone’s first major film role since 1999’s ‘Blast From the Past,’ as she has only appeared in short-lived television roles, including 2003’s ‘Miss Match’ (for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe) and minor movie roles, including 2004’s ‘Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed’ and 2005’s ‘Beauty Shop’ since then.
While Heckerling directed other hits, such as 1982’s ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ and 1985’s ‘European Vacation’ before ‘Clueless,’ since then she’s only directed two movies. They include 2000’s ‘Loser’ and 2007’s ‘I Could Never Be Your Woman,’ but neither reached the same cult status as ‘Clueless.’
Production will begin in April. ‘Vamps’ will be produced by Red Hour Films, in conjunction with Lucky Monkey Pictures partners Lauren Versel, Maria Teresa Aridaand Molly Hassell. The movie was originally announced in November, but at that time Heckerling was pursuing Michelle Phieffer for Silverstone’s role.
Written by: Karen Benardello