In an interview with Variety, Amy Heckerling said, “I’ve written what they call ‘the book,’ and it’s a jukebox musical," meaning it uses pre-existing pop songs instead of an original score. The film had a best-selling soundtrack album of such hits, though the story did not specify whether those songs or others would be used in the Broadway version.
Heckerling did not offer a production timetable or mention dates, producers or a theatre, but cautioned that in the process of getting a musical on its feet, "everything goes so slowly."
"Clueless" was loosely based on Jane Austen's 1815 novel "Emma," about a young woman who meddles in her friends' romances, with sometimes disastrous effects. The film version starred Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Paul Rudd and Brittany Murphy. Broadway producer Scott Rudin, who most recently produced the Tony Award-winning revival of A Raisin in the Sun, produced the film "Clueless."
Playbill.com reported on the project in July 2014, at which time pop star Katy Perry, known for her hit songs such as "Teenage Dream," "I Kissed a Girl" and "California Gurls," expressed interest in starring, according to Vulture.com. The June 25, 2015, Variety story did not mention her.
"Katy Perry has expressed interest, and I love her to death," Heckerling said at the time. "Maybe Iggy [Azalea] wants to do it!" The news came on the heels of the release of Iggy Azalea's music video for the radio hit "Fancy," which riffed off the "Clueless" film.
Heckerling was flattered by the music video and said that a musical version of "Clueless" was in the "really, really, early, early stage" of development.