Especially for those of us who were in high school at the time, the 1999 Columbine High School massacre is unforgettable. And perhaps because it’s tangled up in countless issues of teenage identity, parental responsibility, and art’s relationship to real-life violence, the incident has become a cultural monolith, inspiring everything from a raft of pop songs to Gus Van Sant’s Elephant. Now, Columbine is going to be a Lifetime miniseries.
As potentially terrible as this may sound at first, there’s reason to believe the miniseries could actually be great. First of all, it’s based on journalist Dave Cullen’s Columbine, a thorough, bestselling, and critically praised examination of the shootings that was published in 2009. We’re equally excited that the team behind the adaptation includes United States of Tara writer Tommy O’Haver, along with producers Christine Vachon and Pam Koffler, who head the indie powerhouse Killer Films. As long as we don’t hear anything about Justin Bieber playing Eric Harris, we’re optimistic about how this might turn out. [via The Wrap]