Talks to get the core cast of the 2004 classic Mean Girls into the new musical movie have reportedly stalled over pay.
It’s already been confirmed that a musical version of Mean Girls is happening, based of course on the enduringly-popular 2004 high school comedy of the same name. If you’ve never seen the film, Mean Girls follows new girl Cady as she attempts to fit in an a new school, being drawn into the titular clique whilst clashing with their leader, Regina George.
The original film was adapted for the screen by Tina Fey, who also co-wrote the stage musical. Fey also appeared in the original film too. Whilst we know that Fey is co-writing the musical adaptation, it has also been confirmed that a new core cast will be in place, with Angourie Rice, Reneé Rapp, Auli’i Cravalho, and Jaquel Spivey playing Cady, Regina, Janis and Damian, respectively.
However, there were also plans afoot to get the original core cast into the film as well in unspecified roles. Lindsay Lohan, Rachel McAdams and Amanda Seyfried were all integral to the original film’s success and saw their own fledgling careers boosted hugely by the success of Mean Girls.
The new film is set to debut on Paramount+ and whether that’s an indicator of budget or not, it appears that a deadlock has been reached over pay, with Dark Horizons quoting an unnamed source who claims that Paramount’s offer to the original actors was not ‘respectful.’
“Paramount Pictures doesn’t want to pay the girls what they are worth,” the source says. “All four girls were willing to come back, but Paramount has not been respectful of what they are worth… As of now, the negotiations are stalled.”
The clock is ticking too, with production set to begin on March 6th. Hopefully, the situation can be resolved as an onscreen reunion of Lohan, McAdams and Seyfried would be a fun addition to a Mean Girls return. We’l let you know more as we hear it.
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