Two words: Jessica Wakefield/Elizabeth Wakefield.
That’s right. We’re talking about the Sweet Valley twins!
Created by Francine Pascal in 1983, the highly successful “Sweet Valley” young adult novel series chronicled the lives of identical twins Jessica and Elizabeth Wakefield, who live in the fictional town of Sweet Valley, California. The series quickly gained popularity and spawned several spin-off series, including “The Unicorn Club”, “Sweet Valley Senior Year”, and “Sweet Valley University”.
The books ceased publication in 2003, but not without leaving a legacy of 603 books to its name and a popular television series which ran for 88 episodes between 1994 and 1997. Kids of the 80s would agree hands down that the “Sweet Valley” series was a phenomenon ;)
And now, it has been confirmed that a brand-new “Sweet Valley High” movie is in the works!
According to Deadline, Paramount Pictures has hired a set of cowriters – Kirsten “Kiwi” Smith and Harper Dill – to bring the “Sweet Valley High” adaptation to the big screen. For the uninitiated, Kirsten co-wrote “Legally Blonde”, “She’s the Man”, and “10 Things I Hate About You”, while Harper is known for her work on the new Fox show, “The Mick”.
No further details have been revealed, but with Kirsten and Harper joining forces to make it happen, it sounds like the “Sweet Valley High” movie is on the right track. It’d also be interesting to see who they decide to cast to play the beloved Sweet Valley characters e.g. Jessica, Elizabeth, Todd, Enid, Amy, Lila, so on and so forth.
We highly doubt that real-life twins Brittany and Cynthia Daniel, who played Jessica and Elizabeth respectively in the television series, will take on the roles though. The twins are 41 years old this year and in fact, Brittany just got married yesterday ❤️
Fingers crossed that all goes well for our favourite childhood books!
More details to come.