Heathers is a cult favorite among dark comedy enthusiasts, but it was far from a commercial success. Even so, writer Dan Waters came up with an idea for a follow-up film that then-burgeoning ingenue Winona Ryder was all too happy to entertain. As the pair explained to Entertainment Weekly, Waters originally proposed following Ryder's Veronica into her later life when she's a page for a politician named Heather (of course).
"It's Veronica, years later, she's in Washington. She's somehow erased her past. And she's being blackmailed, there's like men in suits who know about the Westerberg murders. And I'm like, 'what if Christian [Slater] comes in as the Obi-Wan guy,'" Ryder remembered of the proposed part two. "I remember the First Lady was Meryl Streep. I'm like, 'Guys this is genius!'" Ryder believed in the story so much that she even approached Streep about joining the pic while they filmed The House of the Spirits together a few years later, and she agreed to do it.
Even though the sequel hasn't happened (yet), Ryder hasn't given up on the chance to take down some more mean girls. "I was onto [the idea of a sequel] all through my 20s, way through my 30s—when everyone wanted to work with me, when not a lot of people wanted to work with me," she said. "I'm 42 now, and Veronica is one of my favorite characters I've ever played. I never, ever felt finished with her." Fingers crossed this one might get another croquet-style whack one day.