A new Heartbreak High series is heading to Netflix!
The streaming giant has commissioned a reboot of the popular Australian young adult series that ran from 1994 to 1999 and aired on both Network Ten and ABC. The original show – a spin-off of the 1993 Australian feature film The Heartbreak Kid – followed the students of the tough fictional high school Hartley High (which was changed to Hartley Heights in season 6). It was considered to be an edgier take on high schoolers than other shows depicted at the time.
Fremantle Australia will be producing the reimagining with Dutch production house NewBe, the company that acquired the rights to the original series. The new series will consist of eight episodes, with filming set to take place in Sydney.
“We are delighted to work with our partners NewBe and Netflix to bring back such an iconic Australian series and take it global,” said Fremantle Australia Executive Producers Chris Oliver-Taylor and Carly Heaton. “We cannot wait to bring to Netflix audiences, young and old, a truly brilliant and unashamedly Australian reimagining of Heartbreak High.”
Added Que Minh Luu, Netflix’s Director of Originals in Australia: “We haven’t had a rebellious Australian YA series on screen since the original Heartbreak High, so this is well overdue. The new Heartbreak High is for young people in Australia today to feel seen – showcasing their stories, senses of humour and aesthetics to the world, and reminding everyone that they are much, much cooler than us. It’s also for the 90s kids, fans of the original series who remember what it’s like to feel understood by a TV show, then racking off. This Netflix show will be ours, and we can’t wait to get started.”
The new Heartbreak High will be streaming sometime in 2022. All 210 episodes of the original series are now streaming on Netflix.
Here’s a look back at the series intro…