The Paramount Network is postponing the launch of its television adaptation of the 1988 cult film Heathers “out of respect” for those affected by the high-school shooting in Parkland, Florida. In a statement released Wednesday, the network said it still stands “firmly behind the show” but feels the “right thing to do is delay the premiere until later this year” in light of the recent massacre, which left 17 people dead. The TV series, which was originally slated to debut March 7, is based on the film of the same name in which two of the characters plot to kill their classmates with explosives at a pep rally. The revamped version gives the story what the network describes as a modern-day twist, with the high-school outcasts—among them a black lesbian and a genderqueer student—becoming the bullies instead of the “popular” girls.
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