Lifetime's monopoly on the 'Unauthorized Story of...' genre continues — with today's not-quite-internet-breaking news of a Beverly Hills, 90210 movie nearing reality at the clearly quite self-aware network. In the vein of The Unauthorized Full House Story and The Unauthorized Saved By the Bell Story, The Unauthorized Beverly Hills, 90210 Story will also wear its unauthorized status with pride — with the promise of surely watchable depictions of "the show’s ups and downs from many near-cancellations to achieving pop culture phenomenon status."
According to Variety, Lifetime's latest entry in the speculation canon will be directed by Vanessa Parise from a script by Jeff Roda. Though the cast hasn't been announced, it will most certainly not include anyone from the original Beverly Hills, 90210 series — though a cleverly meta turn from Tori Spelling as 'Tori Spelling' would certainly be worth the extra cost.
Beverly Hills, 90210 — the first entry in the longstanding franchise — originally aired on Fox from 1990 to 2000. The 90s-doused drama made a habit of tackling pressing social issues of the time while also making undeniable household names out of the entire cast. In addition to Spelling, the series built lucrative platforms for Jason Priestley, Luke Perry, Jennie Garth, Brian Austin Green, and Shannen Doherty.
This is all splendid news for some, but — personally — I'm still waiting for Lifetime to announce The Unauthorized Curb Your Enthusiasm Story.