‘Say Anything’ TV Series: Who Ever Thought That Was a Good Idea?


In an age where there are allegedly no new ideas, it’s not usually shocking when a beloved film or TV series gets a modern day facelift, but even in pop culture, some things really do need to be kept sacred.

Case in point: This week's news that Cameron Crowe’s iconic Say Anything was heading to NBC as a small screen adaptation. It would follow up on the film’s beloved characters, Lloyd Dobler and Diane Court, 10 years later.

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No, no, and no.

First of all, ever since I first heard that seatbelt sign ding at the end of the movie as Lloyd and Diane jet off to London together despite her intense fear of flying, I have chosen to assume the pair lived (mostly) happily ever after. I mean it is Lloyd and Diane with all of their quirks and whatnot, and everyone has their marital ups and downs, but those two needed each other.

Secondly, I can’t even begin to fathom who would step into these roles on TV. John Cusack and Ione Skye, who portrayed Lloyd and Diane respectively, embraced the characters so well that anyone who attempted to fill their shoes would make a mockery of their work. And just think of the outrage over social media when the casting announcements started rolling in? IMDB message boards would blow up!

All that kept running through my mind when I heard this news was Lloyd’s infamous line, “I gave her my heart and she gave me a pen.”

Crowe, Cusack, and Skye gave us a cherished film and NBC gives them the finger.

Not cool.

Fortunately as quickly as rumors of the impending series surfaced they were swept away.

Crowe and Cusack both rallied against the project with the acclaimed writer and director tweeting:

Considering it was Lloyd himself who said in the film, “I don't want to sell anything, buy anything, or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought, or processed, or repair anything sold, bought, or processed. You know, as a career, I don't want to do that,” we think he’d agree.

Is there one film you would be appalled to see get a reboot, on the big screen or otherwise?


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