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It’s hard not to like Mean Girls. It’s written by Tina Fey - before she reached the height of her career with 30 Rock - stars Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfried - before they became bona-fide big screen stars - and features the talents of Lindsay Lohan - before her career derailed thanks to her tumultuous personal life. But let’s not forget that back in 2004, Lohan was regarded as the sure-fire next big thing thanks to her star turns in Freaky Friday, Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen, and Mean Girls saw her at the peak of her powers. Since then it’s all gone south for the actress, but she is well-aware that the high-school comedy has a cult audience... which is why she is angling for a sequel.
Lohan is currently starring on the West End stage in David Mamet’s Speed-the-Plow, and while out promoting her theatre debut, courtesy of a discussion with Time Out, she was asked about the ten-year anniversary of Mean Girls. This prompted her to remark, "I was with Tina Fey the other day and I said we should do another Mean Girls, like an older version where they’re all housewives and they’re all cheating. That would be really funny. I’ll harass Tina to write it."
Of course, some of you may know that there actually already was a sequel to Mean Girls that was made back in 2011. However, the fact that Mean Girls 2 went straight to DVD, was aired on ABC Family, and featured none of the original cast except for Tim Meadows, should tell you all you need to know about how successful it was. Meanwhile, not only has Fey previously declared that she is working on a musical adaptation of the film alongside both Paramount and her musical composer husband, Jeff Richmond, but Mean Moms, starring Jennifer Aniston and revolving around the cut-throat life of modern suburbia, is currently touted for released on May 8, 2015, too. Unfortunately for Lohan, the latter sounds exactly like her plan for Mean Girls 2.
Mean Girls told the story of Lohan’s Cady Heron, who, after being home schooled by her zoologist parents for 12 years, struggles to fit in with the social dynamics of the public school system. At first she befriends Janis Ian, who is played by Masters Of Sex’s Lizzy Caplan, , but before long she has been courted by Rachel McAdams’ Regina George, the leader of the most popular female group in school, The Plastics. Cady then becomes entangled in her own web of deceit as Janis convinces her to ruin Regina’s life, and Cady even tries to steal Regina’s boyfriend.
From a $17 million budget it grossed close to $130 million, but its true greatness can be measured by the fact that it is still regarded as a cult classic, and many of the film’s immensely quotable lines are repeated ad-nauseum to this day. It was also supposed to be the catalyst that propelled Lohan into the mainstream-movie spotlight for her acting talents, but instead her repeated problems with drugs and alcohol soon scuppered her progress, leaving the rest of the film’s cast, including McAdams, Seyfried, Caplan, Fey and Amy Poehler, to rise to prominence instead. I wouldn't hold your breath for Lohan's version of the sequel to be made.