How do you remake a movie that is already beloved by so many people? Well, instead of remaking it, take inspiration from it and deliver something wholly unique. That’s what actress Molly Ringwald believes executive producers Selena Gomez, Tanya Saracho, and Gabriela Lugo will do with their upcoming Peacock comedy series 15 Candles.
The half-hour series reworks the narrative of late writer/director John Hughes’ 1984 classic Sixteen Candles, which starred Ringwald in the lead role. And this time around in 15 Candles, four young Latinas maneuver their way through their first year of high school, say goodbye to their childhood, and look ahead to their rite of passage – their quinceañera.
“I am so happy about that,” Ringwald told Deadline. “I really do feel like when people always ask me about rebooting my movies, I am like, ‘No those movies were wonderful,’ but what they should do is take inspiration from them and do something completely different but inspired, so that just sounds fantastic.”
Ringwald also had some casting suggestions for the series if they decided to bring back her original Sixteen Candles character Samantha “Sam” Baker. She’d like to see “one of her daughters” play the role. Ringwald has two daughters, 18-year-old Mathilda Ereni Gianopoulos and 12-year-old Adele Georgiana Gianopoulos, who has a twin brother.
The original Sixteen Candles, starring Molly Ringwald, was released in theaters on May 4, 1984. It told the story of a high school teenager who is disappointed when her family forgets her 16th birthday. Along with Ringwald, the movie stars Anthony Michael Hall and Michael Schoeffling.