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By Dustin Rowles | Industry | December 17, 2009 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | December 17, 2009 |

Look. I’m not saying it’ll ever actually happen, but you gotta start somewhere, and someone actually got the ball rolling on this one. After years of something like an ironic grassroots campaign to make it happen, it’s now official: There is a Saved by the Bell movie in the works.

Is it the reunion episode we’ve all been pining away for? And by all, I mean: Jimmy Fallon’s audience? No. Not exactly. From what I can gather, it’s not a reunion movie. It’s a big-screen feature film “based on” the original ’90s series. What does that mean? Probably an all new cast (and if we’re lucky, cameos from the original stars).

How would that work? Beats me. But, they managed to make a gritty (but fairly dull) version of “Miami Vice,” Maybe they take that very special steroids episode and turn it into a hard-hearted full-length feature. I dunno.

What I do know is that it is being developed. Jon Shestack productions (Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Dan in Real Life) has apparently secured the rights, and put a couple of producers on the project, Jeremy Stein (The Photographer) and Ginny Brewer, who also produced Ghosts of Girlfriends Past and Dan in Real Life. The project is currently out to writers.

I suppose it was inevitable, really. They’d first go for our authentic nostalgic affection, and then they’d go for our ironic nostalgic affection. What’s left, really? A Small Wonder movie, I guess. Once Hollywood has come to that, I think we can safely assume it’s officially run out of ideas.

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