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ABC greenlights ‘Reunion’ prequel

Pic could also be backdoor pilot

ABC has greenlit a two-hour telepic prequel to the 1997 feature film “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.”

Touchstone Television is producing the project, tentatively titled “Romy and Michele: Behind the Velvet Rope.” Pic could also serve as a backdoor pilot.

Robin Schiff and Barry Kemp, who exec produced the Touchstone Pictures feature, will exec produce the small-screen project. Schiff also wrote the screenplay for the feature and will take on scribe-helmer duties for the TV movie.

“Romy and Michele: Behind the Velvet Rope” takes place in the early 1990s, before the events depicted in the feature film.

It follows the best friends Romy and Michele as they head to Hollywood after graduating from high school.

Mira Sorvino portrayed Romy in the 1997 feature, while Lisa Kudrow played Michele.

Quinn Taylor, ABC’s senior VP of movies and miniseries, is overseeing the Alphabet project.

Cast and shooting location are to be determined, though a premiere on ABC is likely sometime this coming TV season.

The 1997 feature was a Buena Vista release of a Touchstone Pictures presentation of a Laurence Mark production in association with Bungalow 78 Prods.

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