Just as each generation has its own teens, each generation also has its own hit teen comedies. The 1980s had John Hughes efforts like Sixteen Candles, the 1990s embraced raunchy fare like American Pie, and for those who came of age in the 2000s, few teen comedies are as revered as 2004’s Mean Girls. Partially based on Rosalind Wiseman’s non-fction book Queen Bees and Wannabes, Mean Girls effectively launched the careers of future big names like Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried, and Lizzy Caplan, and seemed to cement star Lindsay Lohan’s status as an A-lister of the future.
While Lohan’s blossoming career didn’t turn out quite like many had hoped, Mean Girls was a huge hit both critically and commercially. Directed by Mark Waters (Bad Santa 2), written by Tina Fey – who herself is now a much bigger name in Hollywood than she was at the time – and produced by Saturday Night Live boss Lorne Michaels, Mean Girls scored a healthy 84% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, and managed to haul in nearly $130 million at the box office on a budget of only $17 million.
Mean Girls has remained a cultural touchstone for many since its release, and one assumes there would definitely be a market for a proper sequel if such a follow-up were to ever be commissioned by Paramount. Well, if Lohan has her way, a Mean Girls 2 will be coming sooner rather than later. The actress revealed during a recent CNN interview on Facebook Live that she would love nothing more than to reprise the role of Cady Heron, having gone as far as writing up a treatment for the potential sequel. She also has a few supporting cast members in mind, those being her Freaky Friday co-star Jamie Lee Curtis and Late Night host Jimmy Fallon.
Of course, as Lohan went on to say in that same interview, the big stumbling block here is that she can’t just will a Mean Girls sequel into existence. The perpetually busy Fey, Michaels, and Paramount would all have to sign-off on the project, and give it the official greenlight before any real progress could begin. While one might not think getting the go-ahead to do a sequel to such a beloved film would be that hard, it’s important to keep in mind that Lohan isn’t exactly considered a surefire investment at this point, and in fact hasn’t even headlined a wide-release studio film since 2007.
For the record, Mean Girls actually already has a sequel, although only in the most technical sense. In 2011, Mean Girls 2 was released direct-to-DVD, featuring an entirely new main cast, and an entirely new creative team. The film’s only real tie to the original was the presence of Tim Meadows’ principal character. Needless to say, should Lohan manage to get her dream sequel made, most fans will likely have zero trouble erasing the first attempt at a Mean Girls 2 from their memories.