Greetings and salutations! I bring the following news to you with an air of excitement, and a huge warning of caution:
Christian Slater, otherwise known as the sexy, seductive, and utterly unstable Jason Dean, is eager to go back to the Heathers fold. While talking up his new NBC show My Own Worst Enemy with AOL TV, Slater spoke about returning to Sherwood, Ohio and said:
"Yeah, sometimes I see Winona and she's like, 'Are you ready to do Heathers 2?' And I'm like, 'Sure!' I would do it in a heartbeat. I would totally love to do that character again -- J.D. We'd have to have a scene in there where's he's watching The Shining or something, you know? We'd have to see that he's collected all of Nicholson's movies. Just to really make sense of it all. [Laughs] That would be like a dream come true for me. So we'll see -- if they want to put something together, I'd be thrilled."
Why the caution? Well, Winona has been dying to do it for years (I remember reading rumors about it all the way back in the 90s), and there was all that talk about the sequel being a reality two years ago. We saw how far that got. But maybe some things have changed -- the way Slater is talking about this, you'd think he's itching for more than just an "Obi-Wan-type appearance."
To be clear, I'm all for it however they whip it up. (IF they whip it up -- I just don't want unfounded anticipation.) I've brought the film up a myriad (reference intended) of times at Cinematical and driven Erik crazy with my ability to always go back to Daniel Waters' classic. (Whether it's retro cinema, RIP, or DVD releases.)
However, the big question comes with the HOW. 19-year-old spoiler warning: JD died, in perfect Christ-like form at the end of the film. (That is, unless we want to believe that he dropped the bomb and ran, since we didn't actually SEE the explosion, only Veronica's dusty aftermath.)
I'm inclined to think that the only way we can get a sequel is if we get a taste of what Waters wanted to bring to the screen and couldn't -- different social types in heaven. It's the only way to get a lot of Mr. Dean in the film, because while Winona rocks as Veronica Sawyer, she's nothing without her troubled love. Maybe JD's dream of a happy and inclusive heaven was nothing more than the dream, and the reality of popularity and ridicule proceeds well beyond death? Could JD be aging in a purgatory like Wristcutters and Veronica has to save him? The possibilities are endless. Now we just have to wait and see if they become a reality.
Oh yes, and if you're a fan of 90s Slater, he also likes the idea of revisiting Happy Harry Hard-On. Maybe that could become a reality if the Eat Me, Beat Me Lady Samantha Mathis wants to as well.