Troop Beverly Hills (1989) is definitely on the list of films that can guarantee a mood boost. If it hasn't been on your social-distancing/quarantine must-watch list, add it. And you might want to rewatch it right now, because a sequel is in the works! Per Entertainment Tonight, TriStar is working on a follow-up to the original film.
More good news: A team of mostly women is heading up this new project. Oran Zegman is making her directorial debut with this film, though she does have a short film called Marriage Material under her belt. Aeysha Carr and Tamara Chestna are writing the script for the project, and Ava Fries, the author of the first film's script, will executive produce with her husband, Charles W. Fries. As of now, it's not confirmed whether this new Troop Beverly Hills venture will feature original cast members.
Carr is behind scripts for episodes of Brooklyn Nine-Nine and wrote for Rel, The Carmichael Show, Everybody Hates Chris, and My Wife and Kids. Chestna wrote the Amy Poehler-directed Moxie for Netflix and the 2019 indie hit After.
Troop, like other favorites of its time, was subject to a cast reunion, organized by ET, last year. Betty Thomas, who played Velda Plendor, spoke about a sequel at the event:
"I think we should do it. I know that Sony has a script over there," Thomas said. "I actually know that there's a person going in to pitch it with the idea that I would direct it and that she is going to do the rewrite on it. I'm not supposed to say any of this!"
Shelley Long, who played the a housewife named Phyllis Nefler, the troop leader of the Wilderness Girls, said she'd heard talk of a totally new cast: "We could have some cameos!," she added.
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