Boom! Studios has become known for bringing beloved pieces of content in the modern day through the help of comic book adaptations. Titles under their umbrella have served as a continuation for film and television properties such as 28 Days Later, Farscape, and Planet of the Apes.
A new comic soon will be entering the company's slate, based on the film Clueless. The 1995 cult classic, which is loosely based on Jane Austen's Emma, has maintained a following in the decades since thanks to its unique style and recognizable quotes. And now, a new team - with a surprising connection to another beloved 90s property - will bring Cher and her friends to life in a new format.
The comic will be co-written by Amber Benson - best known for playing Tara Maclay on Buffy the Vampire Slayer - and Sarah Kuhn. Benson has established herself as a prominent children and young adult novelist in the years since Buffy's end, including the series The Witches of Echo Park. Clueless will be illustrated by Siobhan Keenan, who has previously contributed covers to Boom's Aventure Time series.
According to Benson, this actually isn't the first time that she is involved with the iconic film. "I was 17 when I auditioned for Clueless and, sadly, didn't get a part. But I remember reading the script - tentatively titled As If - and thinking, 'If they do this right, they are going to kick some serious butt.' So I wasn't shocked when Clueless turned out to be a pop-culture phenomenon. All these years later, I am tickled that I finally get to be a part of its continuing legacy, and that I get to collaborate with two people I respect greatly: my co-writer Sarah Kuhn and our editor Shannon Watters."
As it turns out, Kuhn holds the film in a special place in her heart as well. "Clueless is one of my favorite movies of all time - I love [director] Amy Heckerling's whip-smart use of language, her clever take on Austen, and the strong bonds she created between vibrant, awesome female characters. And I love that Cher Horowitz is a heroine who takes on every obstacle she faces with a unique combination of ingenuity, positivity, and the ability to pull off yellow tartan like nobody else. Getting to write these characters is both a total dream come true and an incredible challenge and I hope we’re doing Cher, Dionne, and Tai justice—we’re certainly having a ton of fun."
The comic is slated to debut in August. You can read the full press release below:
BOOM! Studios is proud to announce CLUELESS is back, in an all-new comic book follow-up to the hit film inspired by Jane Austen’s novel Emma. Starring Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Paul Rudd, and Brittany Murphy, the 1995 Paramount Pictures’ film defined a generation. This August, the writing duo of actress, filmmaker, and author Amber Benson (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, The Witches of Echo Park, Death’s Daughter) and author Sarah Kuhn (Heroine Complex, Barbie), along with artist Siobhan Keenan (Adventure Time), reunite your favorite girls from Beverly Hills for a story continuing one ofEntertainment Weekly’s “new classics” of film.
It’s senior year at Bronson Alcott High School, and Cher, Dionne, and Tai find themselves in a bit of an existential crisis: Where are they meant to go, and what are they meant to DO after high school? Luckily they have all year—and each other’s help—to figure it out!