Um…where do we begin explaining the layers of this single piece of news? We’ll give it our best shot: Producers of the Broadway show Mean Girls confirmed that the show is being picked up by Paramount Pictures to be turned into a movie. That means the Broadway adaptation of Mean Girls, based on the 2004 film Mean Girls, which was semi-based on the 2002 book series Queen Bees and Wannabees, is getting made into another movie.
Oh, and Tina Fey is still involved. Phew.
Apparently, the new film is not going to be a sequel, reboot, or revival of the original Mean Girls film. Rather, it’s going to be a screen adaptation of the Broadway musical, with all the songs, dancing, and theatrical quirks. And TBH, though we’re still a bit confused, the currently untitled Mean Girls film musical is something we can get behind.
movie adaptation of mean girls the musical based on mean girls the movie adapted from a book about mean girls https://t.co/N8SiOHPw0H— Jeremy West (@JeremyWest) January 23, 2020
Like…it’s gotta be better than Cats, right? No shade, no tea. Just facts.
Yeah, the idea is a bit bonkers, and fans have been quick to make jokes about the upcoming book-movie-stage-movie project. Luckily, we know Tina Fey and Mean Girls producers Lorne Michaels, Stuart Thompson, Sonia Friedman, and the fine people over at Paramount Pictures can obviously take a joke.
i hope they call it mean girls the movie the musical the movie https://t.co/RdwqTZl1Wu— stef (@wlwthirteen) January 23, 2020
Very excited to finally see Mean Girls on the big screen. https://t.co/gPsN5oZeAZ— Louis Peitzman (@LouisPeitzman) January 23, 2020
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series' impact https://t.co/7drXpv9HA9— Joseph Longo (@josephlongo_) January 23, 2020
after the Mean Girls Musical movie they should make a Mean Girls musical movie musical.— Garett Hawe (@GHawe) January 24, 2020
Mean Girls: The Musical: The Movie: The Series (Reloaded: The Re-Up) https://t.co/kAHkdZMFrS— 𝚑𝚒𝚜𝚙𝚊𝚗𝚒𝚌 𝚙𝚒𝚡𝚒𝚎 𝚍𝚛𝚎𝚊𝚖 𝚐𝚒𝚛𝚕 (@mathewrodriguez) January 23, 2020
But, like we said, we’ll absolutely get in, loser, and go shopping for movie tickets once this hits the big screen.
They are making the broadway version of Mean Girls into a movie! A movie adaptation of a musical adaptation of a movie? I’m all in!!! Regina’s reign isn’t over yet!— LellyLikes2Tweet (@Lellypop34) January 23, 2020
Yeah, it’s a weird choice to turn a Broadway show based on a movie back into a movie. What’s next, a new book series based on the movie adaptation of the Broadway adaptation of the original movie? But the weirdness can’t be lost on Fey. Knowing how witty she is, she’ll probably punch up the script with meta lines and callbacks galore.
But until more is shared about the upcoming project, we suspect Fey’s hair will grow bigger as she stores away Mean Girls movie musical-related secrets.