Fill in the blanks to this classic movie line: “I want you. I need you. Oh, ____. Oh, ____.”
If you had no trouble filling in those blanks, baby, then you’re obviously a fan of one of the best teen flicks of all time, 1999’s “10 Things I Hate About You,” which means you’ll be jazzed to hear the rom com, which made stars of Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger, is coming to the small screen in a new ABC Family series premiering July 7 (the series’ cast is pictured above). Writer and executive producer Carter Covington spoke with the New York Times about how the movie will translate to television and what we can expect from the first few episodes.
Carter emphasized that the series is a “reimagining” of the movie (which itself, is a reimagining of Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew”), not a reinvention. “I decided in the beginning that there’s enough distance between Shakespeare and us that we can free ourselves of some of the things Shakespeare dictated to the movie,” Carter said. “For Patrick, I wanted to remove the element of Cameron paying him to date Kat. I really wanted Kat to be an interesting enough character that Patrick would be intrigued by her regardless of money. Kat is actually the character that I’m most excited about writing. She’s a unique female teen voice in a world of ’Gossip Girl’ and ’90210.’”
Even though Patrick is intrigued by Kat, don’t expect the lovebirds to get together right away. “What we are trying to do in the first 10 episodes is build the foundation for an epic romance,” Cameron explained. “People have to buy into that, to be invested enough to want to watch the twists and turns. I’m sure we’ll have to use some of the devices that have been used before, like giving one of them someone else so that they’re now jealous and can’t be together. But I do feel like we will be playing cat and mouse with them for a while.”
Oh the suspense! It sounds like I’ll have to set my DVR for this one.
Will you be tuning into the TV version of “10 Things I Hate About You”? What other teen flicks do you wish would get a second life on the small screen?