Lifetime movies aren’t exactly known for their real-life accuracy, so it’s appropriate that the channel’s upcoming film, “The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story,” is based on Dustin “Screech” Diamond’s “Behind the Bell,” a book he admits was largely fabricated.
The movie version, which supposedly tells the true story behind the popular NBC teen sitcom that ran from 1989-1993, may manage to be even sillier, as evidenced by the first five minutes released today (which can be viewed above) and another clip put out earlier this month:
Premiering on Monday, Sept. 1 at 9 p.m., a full description of the film and its cast and crew is posted on Lifetime’s website:
Lifetime takes a nostalgic look back at the ‘90s TV show that changed the landscape of Saturday mornings with America’s favorite teens. “The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story” delves into the experiences of six unknown young actors placed into the Hollywood spotlight, exposing the challenges of growing up under public scrutiny while trying to maintain the squeaky clean image of their popular characters both on and off-screen. “The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story” is filming in Vancouver and the movie will premiere Labor Day, Monday September 1, at 9 pm PT/ET.
With casting by the original series’ casting director, Robin Lippin (“Lizzie McGuire”), Dylan Everett (“Degrassi: The Next Generation”) is set to play Mark-Paul Gosselaar in the role of mischievous ringleader Zack Morris. Sam Kindseth (“Shameless”) is Dustin Diamond, everyone’s favorite geek and loveable sidekick Screech. Julian Works (“Paranormal Activity,” “Modern Family”) fills the shoes of superstar Mario Lopez as the hunky jock A.C. Slater. Alyssa Lynch (“The High Jumping Witch”) plays the role of America’s favorite sweetheart, Tiffani-Amber Thiessen, who originated the part of Kelly Kapowski. Tiera Skovbye (“Supernatural,” “Girl in Progress”) takes on the role of talented beauty Elizabeth Berkley and her beloved character Jessie Sapano. Rounding out the cast is Taylor Russell McKenzie (“Blink”) who will portray Lark Voorhies and her on-screen persona, the privileged Lisa Turtle.
“The Unauthorized Saved by the Bell Story” is produced by Front Street Pictures and Ringaling Productions Ltd. for broadcast on Lifetime. The movie is executive produced by Harvey Kahn (“Flowers in the Attic”) and Stephen Bulka (“Dear Mom, Love Cher”). The film is directed by Jason Lapeyre (“Restless Virgins”) and the teleplay is written by Ron McGee (“The Nine Lives of Chole King”).
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