Gen X’ers everywhere are bursting with fruit flavor over the news that a new television series based on the 1994 seminal movie “Reality Bites” has gotten a script order at NBC. After almost twenty years, fans will get to follow the highs and lows of Lelaina Pierce, Troy Dyer, and the rest of the gang as they navigate post-college life.
Entertainment Weekly has confirmed a Deadline report that Ben Stiller (who directed the original film and portrayed Ryder’s love interest, TV exec Michael Graves) is revisiting the film as a show that he will executive produce. The film’s original screenwriter, Helen Childress, is on board to pen the script.
Sticking with the proven success of the film, the series will reportedly take place in the early '90s and center on rookie filmmaker Pierce and her slacker friends after their college graduation. While no casting was announced, don’t expect to see any of the original film’s cast reprising their roles – though we are hoping for a Janeane Garofolo cameo, at the very least. Universal Television is producing the series along with Stiller's Red Hour Television and Double Feature Films, the company run by Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, both of whom produced the original film.
Red Hours’ Stiller, Debbie Liebling, and Stuart Cornfeld executive produce with Childress, Shamberg and Sher. WME-repped Red Hour has a pilot, Big Time In Hollywood, FL, and stand-up comedy series, The Meltdown With Jonah And Kumail, at Comedy Central and sketch comedy series The Birthday Boysat IFC. Childress, repped by Original Artists, has feature horror project The Mountain at Fox and Red Hour with Stiller attached to direct, she is penning a feature adaptation of kids book The Snowy Day, also for Fox and Red Hour, and recently re-wrote The Drowning for Fox.